Walsh de­liv­ers ambo pe­ti­tion to par­lia­ment

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

ROCHESTER’S plea for more paramedics was re­cently brought be­fore state par­lia­ment.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh tabled the pe­ti­tion — which had more than 1700 sig­na­tures — on Tues­day.

It called for the State Gov­ern­ment to ‘‘take im­me­di­ate steps in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity to re­view the level of am­bu­lance ser­vice in Rochester’’.

‘‘We’ve since re­ceived more pe­ti­tions,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘The num­ber of peo­ple who have signed sends a very strong mes­sage to the An­drews gov­ern­ment and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria.’’

The pe­ti­tion comes after Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria re­cently scrapped a trial ros­ter of two-of­fi­cer crews in Rochester, leav­ing the two re­main­ing full­time paramedics to work alone or with vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance Com­mu­nity Of­fi­cers (ACO).

Lo­cals, who were left in the dark after the trial ros­ter was cut without ex­pla­na­tion, sim­ply want to know what the re­sults of the trial were so they can make in­formed de­ci­sions mov­ing for­ward.

‘‘The peo­ple of Rochester are un­happy with how the ser­vice has been changed,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘And Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria should re­lease the re­port so peo­ple have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what is go­ing on.’’

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