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Paramedics Smashed Locally in Record-Breaking Quarter

February 14, 2023 12:46 pm in by
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New data has painted a bleak picture of the intense pressure faced by local paramedics. 
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Across Greater Bendigo between October and December 2022, paramedics responded to Code 1 incidents between 15 to 20 minutes. 
 
Meanwhile, in the Loddon, times were pushed out to 25 to 30 minutes. 
 
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Those figures compare to response times of 10 to 15 minutes in both Geelong and Ballarat.
 
Code 1 incidents require urgent paramedic and hospital care. 
 
Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee Regional Director Trevor Weston said ambulance responses for the second quarter of 2022/23 were impacted by “continuing growth in demand, sicker patients, and staff furloughing due to COVID-19”.
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Meanwhile, across the state, paramedics responded to more than 100,000 sick people in a three-month period for the first time ever.

Image: Liamdavies, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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