Ambulance callouts are on the rise
Ambulance cases in regional areas are steadily rising, with new figures showing a 6 per cent jump in callouts from last year.
St John Ambulance WA’s annual report, released last month, showed the number of career subcentre cases had gone from 42,450 in the 2016/17 financial year to 44,882 this year.
In volunteer sub-centres, the number of cases rose by 6.2 per cent over the past financial year, from 21,529 to 22,864.
A St John Ambulance spokesperson confirmed the number of crews had not changed and in many cases, the organisation was working towards reducing fleet sizes.
“Volunteer centres are now able to utilise “middle aged” metro vehicles instead of having to purchase brand new vehicles to replace their old ones,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also confirmed the number of staff had reduced as administrative functions had been “centralised”.
“We have centralised certain administrative functions to make better use of the resources available and to ensure a level of governance with administrative staff able to take responsibilities for multiple sub-centres,” the spokesperson said.
“Staff have been reduced with natural attrition as areas of responsibility have been centralised.”
The report also showed response times were well within target ranges set by the organisation and while such successes were celebrated, the spokesperson said the organisation would welcome additional crews.
“While response times demonstrate the current level of service are within target range for emergency responses, we would certainly make use of additional crews to meet increasing demand,” the spokesperson said.