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Queensland patients left waiting for thousands of hours outside hospitals

Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Ros Bates

Paramedics spent almost 20,000 hours stuck on a ramp waiting to offload their patients at hospitals across Queensland in just two months, official figures show.

The figures for September and October can finally be revealed after the Health Minister was forced to provide the data.

The Minister had tried to avoid answering our question claiming the data wasn’t a “reportable published performance measure”.

What nonsense.

Queenslanders deserve to know the true state of ambulances services in our state.

These figures again lay bare the extraordinary failings of this government.

If this trend continues, ambulances will spend more time stuck on ramps outside hospitals than they did last year.

Last year’s Auditor-General report exposed the critical level that ambulance ramping had reached in this state.

It showed the Queensland Health Crisis was costing Queenslanders more than we could have imagined.

Paramedics spent 112,000 hours stuck on a ramp. That’s the equivalent of 4,600 days or more than 12 years. And it’s a 76% increase on the previous financial year.

The LNP has repeatedly raised grave concerns about the critical state of ambulance ramping across Queensland following half a decade of decline.

Queensland Health is in crisis.

The State Government is not listening and has not acted.

As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it is for our exhausted frontline staff who aren’t getting the support they need.

Our dedicated doctors, nurses and paramedics are heroes holding our hospitals together during the Queensland Health Crisis.

Labor is losing control of Queensland Health, and it is hurting Queenslanders every day.

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