Government Intervenes to Reduce Western Australian Ambulance Response Time

The Western Australia (WA) Government is coordinating the response of multiple agencies to help St. John Ambulance Service address current staff shortages and reduce ambulance response times.

Representatives from the Ministry of Health and WA Police are now stationed at St. John’s Ambulance Headquarters to assist in services and ensure appropriate emergency response coordination.

In this unprecedented action, the government is working with a private company, St. Johns, to address the pressure of staff shortages resulting from COVID-19 infections.

This is because the state is dealing with the crisis of ambulance spikes. The total number of hours that ambulances surged across Western Australia in 2021 exceeded 52,000, more than double the number of hours seen in 2020 (25,900). St. John Ambulance WAAnd there is no visible sense of security.

Ambulance “lamping” is a term used when the patient needs to wait at least 30 minutes in an ambulance outside the hospital before the emergency department (ED) receives the ambulance.

Government intervention will also take place after a Perth woman died on suspicion of a heart attack after waiting for an ambulance for two and a half hours on Sunday morning, May 15.

WA Premier Mark Magawan Said What happened that weekend was unacceptable and required immediate attention.

“There is no doubt that the pandemic will increase staff pressure, but our ambulance service needs to be adapted and there,” he said.

“My government is committed to doing everything within its power to help St. John meet their obligations and the expectations of the community.

“This unprecedented action will see the people who have held the key to our pandemic response throughout this period helping St. John. I am grateful for their support and expertise.” McGowan said.

The United Labor Union (UWU) welcomed state government intervention and warned St. John that he was not fully prepared to deal with the outbreak of Omicron from January, but said he did not pay attention to the warning.

UWU National Ambulance Coordinator Fiona Scallon has expressed reassurance that the government is intervening for both ambulance workers and those who rely on functioning ambulance services.

“St. John claims he couldn’t foresee this unavoidable crisis. Before reaching this point, there were many levers they could have pulled,” she said. ..

“Well, things are at the limit right now, and I just hope that government strategy can help alleviate the enormous amount of stress that St. John’s staff, including paramedics, are experiencing. “

Scalon added that this is only a short-term solution and requires an overhaul of ambulance service.

For the past five years, unions have promoted the return of services to the public sector.

Meanwhile, St John CEO Michelle Fyfe said he was pleased to have WA Health come and take a closer look at the impact of ramping. ABC report.

“We welcome the premiere, which paved the way for us to work with emergency service partners and the Ministry of Health in tackling one of the most difficult times in our history,” she said. Said.

“We have the opportunity for Deputy Chief Health Officers to come within the organization to accurately see and understand the impact of stressed healthcare systems, extended care or ramping, and impact on front-line service delivery. Welcome. Ambulance. “

However, Fyfe denied that St. John WA had been hijacked by the government.

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Opposition and Nationals WA leader Mia Davis will attend a luncheon at the Perth USAsia Center in Perth, Australia, on June 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Matt Jelonek / Getty Images)

Leader of the Opposition Party in Western Australia, Mia Davis, defended St. John on Friday, saying a recent report highlighted issues that the St. John ambulance should address, but proved that the state government also needed to strengthen. ..

She also submitted a “Western Australia Ambulance Service Offering: Crisis Situation” report on Friday, which affected St. John’s ability for inaction by the Government of Western Australia to function efficiently in state hospitals. He said he clearly pointed out that.

“The surge in ambulances has reached a critical situation in their surveillance, as the government has failed to adequately fund WA’s healthcare system in the last five years,” said Davis.

“This government now needs to start working with St. Johns to provide the ambulance service appropriate for Western Australians.”

Meanwhile, Shadow Health Minister Libby Metham Said According to the report, increased ramping prevented St. Johns from achieving the expected response time. This should be within 15 minutes for a priority 1 emergency in a metropolitan area.

“The McGowan government needs to take responsibility for its role in the surge in these dangerous levels, which has been deteriorating since taking power in 2017,” she said.

Mettam added that the current state of the state’s health system is “horrifying” as the Government of Western Australia has posted a $ 5.7 billion ($ 4 billion) surplus in its recent budget. ..

Steve Milne


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