- Constituency Questions No 1136
- Council59 Parliament First Session
- Asked: 29 April 2021
SOUTHERN METROPOLITAN REGIONMR HAYES — To ask the Attorney-General (for the Minister for Health): My constituency question is to the Minister for Health. Residents in my electorate are concerned about emergency health services. This follows the tragic passing this week of a Caulfield North woman who waited over 6 hours for an ambulance and new reports of 10-hour waiting times in local hospital emergency departments. Residents are concerned that projected population quotas set by the government for Glen Eira indicate that rather than the 900 new apartments and houses being built as per the government’s quota, developers are currently pushing this to 1400 houses or apartments per annum and that the government is supporting this increase, pushing for the rezoning of lower intensity commercial zones to become high-rise dogbox zones. Does the minister concede that Victoria’s population has outgrown our health infrastructure and that this fact is responsible for this tragic situation?
- Answered: 5 April 2022
SOUTHERN METROPOLITAN REGION
The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a pipeline of more than $8 billion to ensure that our health infrastructure keeps pace with the rapid population growth that Victoria has seen in recent decades.
This includes over $248 million to deliver the Ambulance Stations Build and Upgrade Program which is providing better facilities and working conditions for paramedics and ensuring that ambulance services are available in our growing suburbs and regions.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on our health and ambulance system but I know that Ambulance Victoria and our hard-working paramedics are working tirelessly to improve the response times for ambulance calls.
Martin Foley MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Ambulance Services