New ambulance station for Beaconsfield, as ambulance response times hit record highs

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Construction works on the new Beaconsfield Ambu­lance Station at Shaw Street in Beaconsfield have begun.

Devonport-based contrac­tor, Mead Con Pty Ltd will deliver the $1.9 million project, which is expected to take 12 months to build.

The new Beaconsfield am­bulance station will deliver a state-of-the-art two-bay ambulance station with training room facilities and improved infection control measures.

The new station will im­prove the service’s response, provide training facilities for volunteers, and improve the general amenity of all users.

It will replace the existing site, which Ambulance Tas­mania currently shares with the local hospital.

The new Beaconsfield Ambulance Station is one of six new rural ambu­lance stations to be built around Tasmania and is part of what the Liberal Government says is its plan to bolster our Ambulance Tasmania services.

Since coming to Govern­ment in 2014, the Liberal government have employed an additional 243 FTE at Ambulance Tasmania and the new stations build upon their recent delivery of 48 new paramedics, 24 of which are in rural and regional areas.

Despite this, Ambulance response times have hit an unprecedented 15 minutes – an increase of nearly four minutes since the Liberals were elected in 2014.

“Tasmania already had the worst ambulance response times in the country,” said Anita Dow, Shadow Minis­ter for Health.

“Four minutes is a lifetime in an emergen­cy.”

“On top of this, our Emer­gency Departments have hit new lows, with just 50 per cent of patients state­wide being seen within four hours.”

“And it seems the situation at the Launceston General Hospital is particularly dire.”

“Patients at the LGH are now waiting a staggering average of 600 days to see a specialist, while the waiting list for patients needing urgent surgery has bucked the statewide trend, nearly doubling over the past 12 months.”

“With our health workforce and system at breaking point, Premier and part-time Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff needs to demon­strate he has a plan to start getting the basics right across our health system” Said Ms Dow.

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