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O’Brien seeks answers on Loch Sport ambulance delay

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has demanded answers from the Andrews Labor Government over a two hour delay in an ambulance arriving at Loch Sport after it was despatched from Lakes Entrance.

Mr O’Brien was responding to concerns raised by firefighters in Loch Sport who attended a blaze on Monday night where a man suffered burns to his arms, hands and face.

“The firefighters contacted me to raise their concerns as to why an ambulance had been sent from Lakes Entrance to transfer the man to Central Gippsland Health in Sale, resulting in a two hour wait.

“Thankfully, a licensed MICA paramedic from Sale was available and was able to treat the man, but I’m told he was forced to wait a full two hours in the cold outside his home while the ambulance to transfer him got there.

“It’s beggars belief that Lakes Entrance could be the nearest available ambulance for Loch Sport on a quiet Monday night when there are ambulance services available in Sale, Maffra, Traralgon, Yarram and Bairnsdale that are all closer.

“I’ve written to the Minister to seek an explanation as to why this would occur, but also more generally about ambulance services to places like Loch Sport. The town is home to a lot of elderly people who are concerned about availability of ambulances in general.

“I’m pleased that a MICA paramedic was able to treat the man and I know our ambulance officers do a good job, but a two hour wait and an ambulance having to travel from Lakes Entrance just seems incredible.

“The Labor government has talked up its ambulance credentials, but it seems based on latest figures and this incident, it’s not always delivering in Gippsland.”

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