It’s official – worst ambulance ramping in history

July 25th, 2012 by: admin

Wednesday 25 Jul 2012

Western Australians have this month spent more time in ambulances ramped outside hospital emergency departments than any other month in recorded history, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said for the second time in just over a week, the Barnett Government also presided over the worst day for ambulance ramping in recorded history, with patients spending 145 hours outside hospitals on July 23.

“It’s official – the Barnett Government has once again presided over the worst day for ambulance ramping in recorded history and has already set the record for the worst month with 7 days remaining in July,” he said.

“This problem is putting enormous strain on our health system. Ambulances that should be on the road tending to calls are stuck outside emergency departments and the queues both inside and outside hospitals are getting longer.

“Health Minister Kim Hames acknowledged that ramping was unacceptable when it reached a record of 133 hours on July 16. He has had three and-a-half years to fix the problem but has failed to do so.”

Mr Cook said ambulances have already spent 1530 hours ramped outside emergency departments this July, overtaking the previous record of 1368 hours in September 2010.

“By the end of July, we would have experienced the highest monthly ambulance ramping figures in recorded history for five consecutive months,” he said.

“The Barnett Government has failed Western Australians. We’ve listened to Dr Hames’ excuses for nearly four years, while the queues continue to grow.”

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