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Derwent Valley left with no ambulance coverage overnight

  • Lack of staff forced the closure of the New Norfolk ambulance station
  • No ambulance coverage for the Derwent Valley overnight
  • Liberal Government failing Derwent Valley residents

The Liberal Government is showing complete disregard for residents of the Derwent Valley by failing to address ongoing concerns about ambulance coverage.

Member for Derwent Craig Farrell said he was shocked to learn that a lack of staff forced the closure of the New Norfolk ambulance station overnight.

“The New Norfolk ambulance station was closed from 6pm last night to 8am this morning because no crew was available,” Mr Farrell said.

“This meant all of the Derwent Valley was left without rapid response ambulance coverage for emergency situations from their local station which simply is not good enough.

“This has been an ongoing issue for some time and the government doesn’t seem interested in fixing it.

“Despite endless promises, the government is failing to recruit enough staff to meet increasing demand and people living in country areas are suffering for longer with increased response times compared to those living in urban areas.

“Peter Gutwein and Sarah Courtney’s inaction is putting people’s lives at risk and I am calling on them to show some respect for the people of the Derwent Valley and address this serious situation before it is too late.”

Craig Farrell MLC
Member for Derwent