Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Ambulance Ramping

In reply to the Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) ().27 September 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has advised:

The Malinauskas Labor government has made it clear that our number one priority is addressing the ramping crisis we inherited from the Liberals.

We are delivering a generational investment of billion to rebuild the health system, following four years of neglect under the previous government.

We have committed a record $2.4 billion to open more than 550 additional beds, recruit more doctors and nurses and ambos and build and upgrade key infrastructure across the state to provide the capacity our healthcare system needs.

While these investments will take time to deliver, we aren't wasting any time in meeting this challenge head on.

We have opened every bed possible to take pressure off our hospitals and free up emergency departments, and increased initiatives like the Virtual Care Service to reduce bed block and improve patient flow.