Ambulance ramping crisis worsens at major Gold Coast hospitals

NEW data has found the ambulance ramping crisis has worsened at our two major Gold Coast hospitals.

Queensland Health data for July revealed the ramping rate statewide had jumped to 28 per cent, a five per cent increase on July last year and the worst results for the Palaszczuk government since they took office.

On the Gold Coast, the number of people being treated on ambulance stretchers instead of in hospital beds increased to 39 per cent, up 11 per cent on July last year.


At Robina Hospital that number had increased 5 per cent over the last year to 35 per cent.

Ambulance ramping refers to the number of patients waiting longer than 30 minutes to be admitted to emergency care and transferred from ambulance stretcher.

Shadow Health Minister and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates said the rate of ambulance ramping had increased from 20 to 28 per cent since the 2017 election.

“These aren’t just numbers in a spreadsheet – it’s your mum or your grandad or your son,” Ms Bates said.

“As a former ED nurse, I know our hard-working nurses, doctors, and paramedics need more help on the frontline.

“Labor can’t deliver better services when they’ve cut the hospital building budget by $203 million this year.

“The rate was only 15 per cent when the LNP left office.”

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said it shows a health system in crisis.

“The rate patients are being stranded on stretchers before they are treated is disgraceful,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised better health services at the last state election but they are clearly getting worse.

“Queensland needs more hospital beds and better planning for health service delivery.”