Pressure on emergency departments continues

July 1st, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

A report in the West Australian again revealed how ambulance ramping continues to rise in Perth, with rates last month more than a third higher than at the same time last year.

Latest figures show almost 6000 hours of ramping so far this year — up 30 per cent on last year — with 1186 hours in June, compared with 860 in June last year.

Emergency departments have now introduced a rule requiring them to admit patients who arrive by ambulance within 30 minutes, effectively a ban on ramping.

Little has been done to prepare since Health Minister Kim Hames announced the changes a few weeks ago.

He expected ramping to continue with patients left waiting in emergency departments.

Ambulance ramping

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