Am­bu­lance call­outs are on the rise

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sarah Ison

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.

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