Mary Wooldridge MP

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Ambulances stuck on hospital ramps while patients are treated in hallways

Monday, October 09, 2017

Neil Mitchell revealed on 3AW this week that at least 10 patients were waiting with paramedics or being treated in the hallways of the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday. 

After claiming to have fixed his so called ‘ambulance crisis’ Daniel Andrews’ Government is responsible for the practice of patients waiting on ambulance trolleys in sight of empty, unstaffed, purpose built, emergency department beds. 

Clearly ambulance ramping is still occurring despite Daniel Andrews’ unequivocal promise to end the practice.

Almost 17% of patient transfers from the ambulance to hospital staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital are taking longer than 40 minutes – one of the poorest performance levels in the state and well short of the expected performance levels.

Statewide, the proportion of patients transferred off stretchers within 40 minutes in hospital emergency departments is now worse than when Daniel Andrews came to government. 

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge: 

Daniel Andrews promised to fix ambulance ramping but we have seen that it is still regularly occurring.

Every minute paramedics spend standing with patients in emergency department hallways, is a minute they are not available to respond to another family’s emergency.  

Daniel Andrews has not provided the solutions or resources to stop ambulances ramping and is now hiding hospital bypass data to ensure Victorians are kept in the dark. 

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