More dramas for the state government’s worsening ramping crisis, with revelations that police cars have had to be used as ambulances.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers has unveiled that due to the shambles of the Queensland Ambulance Service, police cars have been used to transport victims to hospital.
It’s also understood that Surf Life Saving services are sometimes called in to assist when ambulances can’t get to the scene in time.
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Mr Leavers told Nine radio this morning that it’s simply lucky that no one has died yet.
“We are being used as a taxi service to get them to hospitals and other places so they can seek treatment.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone dies because QAS does not have the resources to be able to deploy and are using police as a pseudo ambulance service,” Mr Leavers said.
The revelations come just a week after the Queensland government committed $100 million to struggling hospitals around the state, to help them deal with bed shortages and the ramping crisis.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath acknowledged that Queensland’s public hospitals have been experiencing unprecedented demand.
“Queensland’s public health system is experiencing unprecedented demand which is why we’re earmarking an extra $100 million for 65 new beds and other additional services,” she when committing the funding last week.
“The level of demand being experienced isn’t unique to Queensland – it’s being seen in all States and Territories.”
“Delivering this extra funding to increase bed capacity is an important first step in equipping our busy EDs to tackle the pressures they’re facing.”