The Victorian Government has been called on to investigate the safety of country Victoria’s ageing ambulance fleet. The Health Services Union says GMC ambulances have a high level of mechanical failure, and the safety of paramedics, patients and the community is at risk.
The union’s Terrie Seymour says a recent accident report shows an ambulance overshot a bend by 70 metres and ended up in a paddock after its brakes and steering failed.
She says the ambulances are a ticking time bomb.
“Our members have been screaming out for there to be proper safety systems in place,” she said.
“The rural ambulance service has not put those proper safety systems in place even in spite of there being consultants’ reports that have in fact recommended the same systems that our members have recommended – to date they’re still not in place and that is just a public disgrace.”
Rural Ambulance Victoria rejects claims the GMC vehicles are plagued with engine problems and patient safety is threatened.
It says it will not comment further while the death of two paramedics in a crash at Healesville is before the coroner.