This is a significant issue, not just here Victoria but straight across the country. As explained by the Minister of Health, and I earlier, we see a significant jump in additional descriptions, 10,000 additional descriptions compared to the previous quarter.
We see a big impact in terms of our emergency system, our emergency services, and that is reflected across the country.
I was at a national cabinet meeting where almost all states and territories said this was a big problem … We see a significant challenge on ambulances and our emergency services in Victoria and across the state …
It was agreed that health ministers would come together to agree on what to do, and meanwhile there was $ 759 million in additional support in the budget we passed last week. That will go to the triage sisters. This will go to additional paramedics, to try to reduce the pressure.
I admit that this is a challenge and a national challenge. We are doing what we can for the state budget, but an additional $ 759 million, and this will be discussed at the national level in the national cabinet.