‘No paramedics’ claim

AMBULANCE Victoria has refuted claims that Wellington Shire was left without paramedics last Friday night.

The Gippsland Times was told by a local ambulance worker, who asked to remain anonymous, that paramedics from Sale were sent to the Latrobe Valley, and paramedics from Maffra were sent to Bairnsdale to cover for a lack of paramedics in those towns.

With local paramedics being sent to other regions, the ambulance worker said Wellington Shire was left depending on volunteer ambulance officers, who are only first aid qualified, to fill the role of paramedics.

The Gippsland Times understands Ambulance Victoria is now conducting an investigation into rostering across Wellington Shire that night.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman confirmed that Sale crews transported a patient to the Latrobe Valley on Friday night, but stated there was “no record” of Maffra crews being sent to Bairnsdale that night.

Ambulance Victoria acting regional manager Mick Stephenson refuted the shortfall, stating Wellington Shire was adequately covered for the “bulk of the night” on Friday.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.