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Ambulance ramping skyrockets at hospitals across Queensland

16th July 2019

Analysis of ambulance ramping statistics over 18 months lays bare the worsening crisis in Queensland emergency departments on Annastacia Palaszczuk’s watch.

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.”

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

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.”


The latest state-wide ambulance ramping statistics for May:

This is now 18 months since the last state election – November 2017 to May 2019.

Comparison of ambulance ramping across state from November 2017 to May 2019:

  • Statewide has increased from 20% to 25%
  • Cairns has increased from 14% to 27%
  • Rockhampton has increased from 11% to 26%
  • GCUH has increased from 29% to 42%
  • Robina has increased from 32% to 37%
  •  Mackay has increased from 13% to 19%
  • Caboolture has increased from 22% to 26%
  • Redcliffe has increased from 17% to 24%
  • Logan has increased from 35% to 41%
  • PA Hospital has increased from 17% to 31%
  • Gympie has increased from 10% to 18%
  • Ipswich has increased from 21% to 26%
  • SCUH has increased from 24% to 34%

*Historical data is not kept on the department’s website.