Ambulance services below minimum crewing levels

ACT Ambulance Services has been grossly under resourced, with more than 40 per cent of ambulance emergency shifts working below the minimum crewing level in 2016-17, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Giulia Jones said today.

There are two ambulance shifts per day, which equates to 730 shifts per year. ACTAS has a working minimum crew of 10 emergency ambulance crews during each shift and provides for two additional demand crews each 24 hour period.

Under repeated questioning from the Opposition, Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman revealed that out of 730 emergency ambulance shifts in 2016-17, 303 shifts fell below minimum crewing levels – a 36 per cent increase from 2015-16 figures.

“It’s shocking to think that last year the government only provided enough ambulance crews to meet the minimum crewing level for 60 per cent of the year,” Mrs Jones said.

“This is a staggering shortfall and the Minister should never have allowed this to happen under his watch.

“Our ambulance crews are continually over worked and under resourced.

“I am calling on Minister Gentleman to explain why he has allowed our ambulance service to be grossly under resourced for so long,” Mrs Jones concluded.