Queensland's Ambulance Ramping Issue Worse Than Other States
'Rampant' ramping continues to surge
Queensland's Shadow Health Minister believes the state's ambulance ramping issue is becoming a threat to overall health care systems.
Health data revealed ambulance ramping is up 41% in the last quarterly year, and wait times for elective surgery have also risen 2%.
Ramping is when ambulances are forced to wait outside a hospital when the Emergency Department is unable to accept their patient.
Ros Bates criticised the Palaszczuk Government, saying the health system isn't under control.
"The embattled health minister doesn't have a clue how to fix it. We've seen horror stories of patients dying in their loved ones arms," Ms Bates said.
Bates described the ramping as "rampant here in Queensland".
The shadow minister said data, from April - June this year proves the state's inability of control for health services.
“Queensland Health is so sick that ambulance ramping is worse in Queensland than in the southern states,” Ms Bates said.
“Victoria is the most locked-down state in the world, yet Queensland’s ramping rate is far worse.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath defends the state’s health system, citing that all states are going through similar situations.
“The level of demand being experienced isn’t unique to Queensland, it’s being seen in all States and Territories,” she said.
Get the latest breaking news from SCA newsrooms around Australia. Short, simple and everything you need to know.