Ambulance ramping at major Coast hospital skyrockets
AMBULANCE ramping at Sunshine Coast University Hospital has surged in the past 18 months amid calls for Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles to be sacked.
Health data for Sunshine Coast University Hospital shows ambulance ramping has jumped 10 percentage points from 24 per cent at November 2017 to 34 per cent at May 2019.
Ambulance ramping refers to the number of patients waiting longer than 30 minutes to be admitted to emergency care and transferred from ambulance stretcher.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said ambulance ramping had skyrocketed at hospitals across the state since the November 2017 election.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk promised better local health services at the last state election but has failed to deliver,” Ms Frecklington said.
"Instead, we see patients lined up in hospital corridors on stretchers.
"It's clear ambulance ramping has skyrocketed under Labor, which is impacting patient care.
"These aren't just numbers in a spreadsheet - it's your mum or your brother or your close family friend.”
Ms Frecklington said the statewide ambulance ramping rate had jumped to 25 per cent since November 2017 under Labor.
"Our dedicated nurses, doctors and paramedics are doing their best, but they need more help on the frontline,” she said.
"Queenslanders deserve a world-class public health system that the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn't delivering.
"Labor Health Minister Steven Miles is out of his depth, not across his brief, and Annastacia Palaszczuk should sack him immediately.”