‘Eight hour waits’; Shock data reveals state of Gold Coast ambo ramping crisis

The Queensland Opposition has released new data, showing the full extent of the ambulance crisis plaguing Gold Coast hospitals.

LNP Leader David Crisafulli has obtained data through a parliamentary Question on Notice, revealing that between August 2020 and January 2022, the Gold Coast was “ground zero” for the state’s ramping crisis.

It showed that some patients are having to wait nearly eight hours in the back of an ambulance before receiving treatment at the Gold Coast University Hospital.


Patients at Robina Hospital were forced to wait as long as 7.4 hours.

Mr Crisafulli said the data was further evidence that the State Government was losing control of Queensland Health.

“Behind these numbers are Queenslanders who have called triple zero needing urgent help,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Instead, they’re left waiting on a ramp, in a corridor or a hallway for hours.

“Paramedics are at breaking point waiting at the end of a hospital ramp and Queenslanders are petrified waiting at the end of a phone line. They are all victims of a State Government that can’t deliver essential services.

“The Premier has stopped listening in her third term.

“The State Government has done nothing to expand our public health system in line with Queensland’s growing population.

“All Queenslanders deserve a world class health system no matter where they live.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the doctors, nurses and paramedics on the frontline are doing all they can.

“They’re exhausted, and they’ve told us they’re fed up,” Ms Bates said.

“These dedicated men and women are the ones keeping the health system on track and we can’t thank them enough.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it can be.

“When there’s not enough beds at the hospital, the ambulance doesn’t have anywhere to offload their patient.

“The Queensland Health crisis is real, and this problem won’t go away because the government isn’t listening and isn’t taking any action.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath is expected to hold a media conference later on Tuesday.