Patients left waiting
AMBULANCE ramping at Joondalup Health Campus has continued to escalate with patients waiting to access emergency departments for more than 130 hours this week, according to St John Ambulance figures.
On Monday, ambulances were ramped at the hospital for almost 40 hours and for more than 25 hours the previous day.
Opposition health spokesman Sean L’Estrange said hospitals across Perth were under stress.
“Last week we had Health Minister Roger Cook defending 168.7 hours of ambulance ramping last Tuesday, the third worst in seven years,” he said.
“This week we’re seeing an even worse situation, with 180.6 hours of ramping at Perth hospitals on Monday.
“Patients who arrive at our state’s hospital emergency departments by ambulance are patients in need of priority care and clearly our hospitals are not being resourced sufficiently to provide that care.
“By anyone’s definition, hospitals that are unable to take patients arriving by ambulance are hospitals under stress.”
The Health Minister was contacted for comment.
Mr L’Estrange said Mr Cook could not continue blaming the flu season for the problem.
“The flu season happens every year,” he said.
“In July, this Government took a warning shot across its bow when data revealed that none of our major public hospitals were achieving the nationally agreed target of clearing 90 per cent of patients through an emergency department in under four hours.
“The State Government has made no provision to address these issues.”