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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

EDWARDS AGAIN CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BETTER FUND REGIONAL AMBULANCES

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards has again called on the Minister for Health asking for an increase in funding for additional paramedics and ambulance resources for the Bendigo region in this year’s May budget.

“The ambulance delays and lack of paramedics over the recent long weekend has caused great concern for many people in the community.”

“As we approach the Easter holiday season it is again likely that ambulance resources in Bendigo and the region will be stretched to the limit, putting people’s lives at risk”

“I am asking for a reassurance from the Minister that the legitimate concerns raised by ambulance staff and by people in my electorate will be addressed by the Coalition Government in the coming May budget.”

“I think that the Minister needs to know how important this issue is for people in the Bendigo region, and in the lead up to the State budget that the Coalition Government gives serious consideration to additional funding for resources and more paramedics”.

“The Liberal National government has failed to commit to additional ambulance resources in Bendigo for over two years now despite continuous calls to do so and despite a looming crisis in our regional ambulance services”.

“While the Health Minister and the State Government have developed a bad habit of blaming everyone else for their problems - in this matter they must take direct responsibility – it is too important when people’s lives may be at risk to play a political game with”.

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