We engaged a marketing firm to develop ads for TV and radio, with the tagline ‘SA IS DYING FOR MORE AMBOS’ which can be seen at www.moreambos.com.au.
We received overwhelming public and political support for our cause. Parties and candidates including Labor, SA Best, Greens, SA Nationals, and numerous Independents running in the upper and lower house were throwing their support behind our campaign for safe staffing.
Labor committed to 350 more Ambos and over $300 million worth of infrastructure investments including a new Emergency Operations Centre!
As we fought, and the Marshall Liberal Government resisted, the risk to patients and members grew.
Ambulance response times for Priority 2 cases, achieved 85% of the time under the previous Labor Government, plummeted to just 32% of cases for the first week of 2022.
With every passing week and month as things went from bad to worse, when we couldn’t fathom things getting any more critical – we reached a tragic new depth to the crisis.
Five people in a matter of 8 days were found deceased after experiencing a significantly delayed ambulance response. This occurred a week out from the State Election.
More ‘condolences’ from Premier Marshall.
The Marshall Liberal Government’s persistent, callous disregard for patients’ pain and suffering – even death – incensed our members.
Ambos stood at early voting centres and on Election Day to speak with people about the ambulance crisis and encourage them to put the Liberal Party last.