New figures reveal Labor’s growing Emergency Department crisis

by Ted Sorensen
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New Queensland Health statistics have exposed the growing crisis in emergency departments across the state.

In February, one in three emergency department patients were not seen within the clinically recommended time and ambulance ramping also increased.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s incompetence was causing misery and suffering for tens of thousands of Queenslanders each month.

“Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system and Labor just isn’t delivering,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised to improve frontline services, but Labor can’t even get the basics right.

“These aren’t just numbers in a spreadsheet, they are real people in real emergencies who are struggling to get the healthcare they need.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said Queensland Health staff needed more support.

“Our hard working nurses, paramedics and doctors need more help on the frontline to improve wait times and provide better patient outcomes for Queenslanders,” Ms Bates said.

“It’s time for Labor to stop playing political blame games and get on with the job.”

The latest statistics are online at www.performance.health.qld.gov.au/hospitalperformance/

NB: Waiting time statistics are for February 2018, ambulance ramping statistics are for January 2018.

State-wide performance

· 33% of ED patients were NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 31% last month)
· 21% ambulance ramping (up from 20% last month)

Hervey Bay Hospital

· 36% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 24%)
· 16% ambulance ramping (up from 15%)

Bundaberg Hospital

· 29% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 25%)
· 15% ambulance ramping (up from 12%)

Gold Coast University Hospital

· 52% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 50%)
· 28% ambulance ramping (down from 32%)

Logan Hospital

· 54% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (down from 62%)
· 43% ambulance ramping (up from 40%)

Redland Hospital

· 47% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 44%)
· 38% ambulance ramping (up from 32%)

Ipswich Hospital

· 46% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 45%)
· 22% ambulance ramping (up from 15%)

Sunshine Coast University Hospital

· 32% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 30%)
· 27% ambulance ramping (down from 29%)

Gympie Hospital

· 26% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (down from 29%)
· 16% ambulance ramping (stable)

Robina Hospital

· 39% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (down from 42%)
· 30% ambulance ramping (up from 25%)

Toowoomba Hospital

· 34% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 31%)
· 9% ambulance ramping (up from 8%)

Townsville Hospital

· 20% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (down from 24%)
· 3% ambulance ramping (down from 4%)

Cairns Hospital

· 23% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 15%)
· 19% ambulance ramping (up from 14%)

Gladstone Hospital

· 11% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 4%)
· 2% ambulance ramping (down from 3%)

Rockhampton Hospital

· 22% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 17%)
· 15% ambulance ramping (up from 13%

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

· 31% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 20%)
· 4% ambulance ramping (down from 6%)

Redcliffe Hospital

· 41% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 34%)
· 16% ambulance ramping (stable)

Caboolture Hospital

· 40% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (stable)
· 26% ambulance ramping (up from 21%)

RBWH

· 26% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 17%)
· 27% ambulance ramping (down from 28%)

Prince Charles Hospital

· 27% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 26%)
· 18% ambulance ramping (up from 15%)

PA Hospital

· 20% of ED patients NOT seen within clinically recommended times (up from 16%)
· 22% ambulance ramping (up from 19%)

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