Ambulance union calls for more action on hospital crowding

Ambulance union calls for more action on hospital crowding

Queensland’s ambulance union is calling for more to be done to fix hospital crowding and ramping in the state’s south east, as recent initiatives have helped to ease pressure.

United Voice Queensland ambulance coordinator Fiona Scalon said members had welcomed moves already rolled out by the State Government, including the rapid offload policy, winter flu strategy, and a record health and ambulance budget.

“Our paramedics need to be out in the community responding to emergencies, and our emergency departments need to be clear to treat patients in need,” Ms Scalon said.

“While recent measures announced by the State Labor Government are a step in the right direction, we know more needs to be done.

“We are still seeing too many people in the community call triple zero for minor issues that would be better treated at a GP.

“Everyone has a part to play in addressing hospital crowding – the State Government, Federal Government and the community.”

United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said the union had written to Health Minister Steven Miles and Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates about the issues.

“We urge the Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington to speak with her LNP colleagues in Canberra to ensure they pay the millions of dollars the Federal Government owes to south east Queensland hospitals,” Ms Caddie said.

“We have seen a lot of comments in the media from the State LNP, but so far no response to our letter and no real action to deliver the federal health funding Queensland needs.

“It’s time for both sides of politics to take the health of Queenslanders seriously.”