'Three dead after ambo delays'

Glen Elmes.
Glen Elmes.

A SUNSHINE Coast MP says three people died from cardiac arrests in Noosa because ambulances failed to respond within accepted times.

LNP Member for Noosa Glen Elmes questioned Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts in parliament:

"Ambulances were called to cardiac arrests in the Noosa region on September 25, September 28 and October 2, 2011. On all occasions the crews arrived outside the appropriate response time and in all cases, the patient was pronounced dead on arrival,'' Mr Elmes said.

 "Officers tell me it is the use of reduced rostered shifts that is causing delays and I ask the Minister why is he allowing this practice, which is putting lives at risk, to continue under his watch?"

Mr Elmes said the families of the victims would not be impressed with the Minister's answer.

"He attacked me for raising the matter, then claimed Queensland had the world's best ambulance service and said he had no knowledge of individual cases," Mr Elmes said.

"It was a disgraceful answer, especially after I raised the key issue of the Labor government cutting the rostered shifts for ambulance officers which is leading to longer ambulance response times."

Shadow Minister for Police, Corrective Services & Emergency Services John-Paul Langbroek said the cutbacks in rostered shifts for ambulance officers were about to be mirrored in police ranks.

"These cutbacks for critical frontline services are happening because of the failed management of the long-term Labor government.

"This is happening because hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted in other areas, such as the health payroll and the rusting water grid and non-operational desal plant.

"The lives of Queenslanders are being put at risk from the cutbacks to essential services by this government.''

The Minister's office has been contacted by the Daily for a response.

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