Worst ever ramping figures for fourth consecutive month

July 16th, 2012 by: admin

Monday 16 Jul 2012

The Barnett Government continues to break records for all the wrong reasons, with new figures revealing ambulances were ramped outside Western Australian metropolitan hospitals for a record 826 hours in June, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said the disastrous June figures continued the shocking start to 2012, where the highest ever figures were also recorded in March, April and May.

“The news continues to get worse for ambulance ramping and the Barnett Government is nowhere to be seen,” Mr Cook said.

“Under the Barnett Government the queues in our hospitals just get longer and longer and WA patients are paying the price.

“The revelation that May 28 was the highest ever day in recorded history, with 127 hours, should have set off alarm bells, yet the June figures are substantially worse than the May total.

“This June, ambulances were ramped outside hospitals for more than 500 hours longer than June 2011, more than 300 hours longer than June 2010 and more than 400 hours longer than June 2009.

“This issue is getting beyond a joke. Month after month Health Minister Kim Hames claims he is putting systems in place to deal with ambulance ramping but almost every month the problem gets worse.

“In June this year Dr Hames ordered a review into the increasing number of patients seeking emergency treatment. Why did it take him so long to investigate the problem, when Labor has raised the issue over a number of years?

“It’s time for the Minister to take serious action and come up with a solution, not just another empty promise.”

Mr Cook said there were no signs of ramping subsiding at WA hospitals.

“July is already off to a horror start, with ambulances ramped outside emergency departments for a total of 104.5 hours on July 2 alone,” he said.

“The Barnett Government has failed to cut the queues in Western Australian hospitals.”

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