Disturbing new figures show a staggering increase in the number of patients being left in an ambulance, as the Palaszczuk Labor Government fails to fix the ramping crisis.
The latest Queensland Health hospital performance data for ambulance ramping has been released for November 2018.
Since the 2017 Queensland election there has been a 24 per cent rise in patients waiting in an ambulance longer than 30 minutes before receiving emergency treatment.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the new statistics prove Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to fix the ramping crisis over the past 12 months.
“Ambulance ramping is getting worse, thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Health Minister Steven Miles don’t have a plan to improve it.
“I call on the Premier to do what’s right for Queensland and sack Mr Miles.
“Labor’s priorities for the health system are all wrong.
“Instead of trying to fix ambulance ramping and emergency waiting times or fund more beds, Labor would rather change a hospital name.
“They’ve bungled the health IT system, ignored overcrowding, shut down regional maternity wards and haven’t done anything to reduce parking costs at public hospitals.
“Only the LNP has a solid plan to deliver a world class health system that Queenslanders deserve.”
Shadow Health Minister and LNP Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates said it’s time Annastacia Palaszczuk and Steven Miles put patients first.
“As a former emergency department nurse I know how distressing it can be for patients stuck in an ambulance waiting for urgent treatment,’ Ms Bates said.
“These aren’t just numbers, it’s your Grandma with a broken hip or your child having an asthma attack.”
- Cairns, 20% (up 6%)
- Gold Coast Uni Hospital, 38% (up 9%)
- Mackay, 22% (up 9%)
- Caboolture, 29% (up 7%)
- Redcliffe, 26% (up 9%)
- RBWH, 39% (up 6%)
- Prince Charles Hospital 21% (up 4%)
- Logan, 40% (up 5%)
- PA Hospital, 36% (up 19%)
- QEII, 40% (up 15%)
- Redland, 47% (up 12%)
- Nambour, 22% (up 4%)
- Ipswich, 21% (No change)
- Sunshine Coast Uni Hospital, 26% (up 2%)
- Statewide 24% (up 4%)
Source: Queensland Health hospital performance data (November 2017 – November 2018)