Four years ago, our ambulance service was in crisis.
Paramedics were under attack, while patients were left waiting for emergency care when they needed it the most.
We ended the war on paramedics, and since then our record investment has helped turn the system around, with more paramedics, more stations and more vehicles achieving the fastest response times in almost a decade.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes investments to:
$58.5 million to meet growing demand for ambulance services and to improve response times with an extra 90 paramedics and 12 ambulance vehicles. A further 39 paramedics and nurses will continue to support Ambulance Victoria’s secondary triage service.
$2.1 million will strengthen the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme, which subsidises travel and accommodation costs for rural and regional Victorians who need to travel long distances for specialist healthcare.