Media Release: Redland locals suffer as Labor Community Cabinet ignores the worst ambulance ramping in Queensland

Member for Oodgeroo, Mark Robinson today expressed his deep disappointment that the Palaszczuk Government’s Community Cabinet did nothing to tackle the big issue of ambulance ramping, such that local seniors like Richard Philip are left languishing on stretchers in hallways at Redland Hospital for hours on end.

“The story of 91 year old Cleveland resident, Richard Philip highlights that Labor’s $40 million cut to Redland Hospital and Metro South HHS is placing the health of local residents at risk,” Dr Robinson said.

Richard’s story is as follows:

On Thursday 15 November, Richard Philip was feeling unwell and thought he was suffering from vertigo.

Richard called the ambulance from his Cleveland home and the officers arrived approximately 30 minutes later at about 12:30pm

The ambulance took him to Redland Hospital Emergency Department, where he waited ‘ramped’ on a trolley in the hallway for three and a half hours.

During that time the ambulance officers had to wait with him and he waited frustratingly to be admitted.

Doctors, ambulance officers, nurses, police officers and many patients pushed passed him in the corridor during those long hours.

Richard felt frustrated, angry and confused about why the system was treating an elderly man so poorly.

Richard wondered “what the hell was going on”. Why would the Queensland Health system treat him, a 91 year old senior, that way?

After a very long three and a half hours he was seen to in the ED short-stay but later that night was transferred to another hospital.

Sadly, Richard’s case is not uncommon at Redland Hospital since the Palaszczuk Government came to power. Recent ambulance ramping figures reveal that Redland Hospital has the worst ambulance ramping in Queensland with almost one in two patients (49%) experiencing ramping.

“It is completely unacceptable that Labor’s $40 million cuts to Metro South Hospitals has resulted in the highest level of ambulance ramping in Queensland at Redland Hospital,” Dr Robinson said.

“It is completely unacceptable that Labor’s $40 million cuts to Metro South Hospitals means residents like 91 year old Richard must suffer on trolleys or stretchers for hours on end at Redland Hospital.

“It is completely unacceptable also that our hard working ambulance officers who do such a good job have to waste hours waiting by stretchers at Redland Hospital, instead of being able to move on to help others.

“How many lives are being placed at risk because an ambulance can’t reach them in a timely way because it’s is delayed at the hospital.

“This mismanagement of Redland Hospital by the Palaszczuk Government is even worse when compared to when the LNP was in Government – where ambulance ramping was almost completely eradicated.

“Today I call Cilentogate Minister Stephen Miles to intervene and resolve the ambulance ramping debacle that has made Redland Hospital the worst performing in the State under his watch.