Ambulance ramping crisis continues: worst October in history

November 7th, 2016 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

* Worst October for ambulance ramping in history – the third consecutive month of record ramping
* Ambulance ramping at Perth hospitals 87 per cent worse than October 2015
* 2016 is on track to be the worst year ever for ambulance ramping

The Barnett Liberal Government’s ambulance ramping crisis has continued into October, with Perth Hospitals experiencing the worst October ambulance ramping figures in recorded history.

New health Department figures have revealed ambulances spent 1,441 hours ramped outside Perth emergency departments in October, compared to 770 in October 2015 – an 87 per cent increase and another sign Perth’s ambulance ramping crisis is getting worse under the Liberals.

The previous worst October was in 2014, when ambulances spent 1,340 hours ramped outside Perth EDs.

2016 has been a horror year for ambulance ramping and we are on track to experience the worst year of ambulance ramping ever.

Comments from Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“After eight years trying to fix the problem, ambulance ramping is worse than ever under the Liberals.

“The Liberals said they’d do something about ambulance ramping and massive waitlists in our hospitals and they have failed. Once again the Liberal Government has failed to make WA patients a priority.

“Providing quality healthcare is about more than just building new hospitals. You need to ensure that hospitals are adequately resourced to cope with patient demand. Under this Government, that just isn’t happening.

“This government just isn’t capable of fixing the problems in our health system. They are tired and have run out of ideas.

WA Labor has recognised the need to ease the pressure on WA emergency departments and our Putting Patients First policy includes a number of innovative ideas that will free up hospital beds and deliver a better healthcare experience for patients.”


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