Ambulance ramping failure: ban broken 84 per cent of the time

August 3rd, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast Facts:

  • Kim Hames’ ambulance ramping ban has failed
  • The ban was broken 84 per cent of the time in July
  • Major Perth hospitals experienced some of the worst ambulance ramping for 2015

After only a month, Kim Hames’ ambulance ramping ban has failed.

Since Dr Hames imposed a ‘ban’ on July 1 to stop ambulance ramping at emergency departments, major Perth hospitals have had some of their worst days of ambulance ramping in recent history.

There was nearly 1000 hours of ambulance ramping in July. The ban was broken on 26 days out of 30, or 84 per cent of the time.

Alarmingly, July included some of the worst statistics of 2015 for ambulance ramping:

  • Monday, July 27 was the third highest day of ramping for the year (96 hours);
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital had its worst day of the year on July 22 and second worst monthly total of the year;
  • Royal Perth Hospital had its third worst day of the year on Monday, July 27 (33 hours).

“Kim Hames’ so-called ban on ambulance ramping has been a massive failure.

“Dr Hames said he would stop ambulance ramping. He hasn’t. Ambulance ramping is still occurring 84 per cent of the time. This shows he’s just not up to fixing this problem.

“Month after month, year after year, Dr Hames assures Western Australians he’s addressing the issue. Everything he’s tried has failed and it’s clear simply declaring that ambulance ramping was ‘banned’ was never going to work.

“We said from the start that fixing the ambulance ramping crisis would require change across our health system, not just random thought bubbles from the Minister.”

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