‘Perfect storm’ sees elderly patient wait ‘unacceptable’ 12 hours for ambulance
The paramedics’ union is crying out for better resourcing after a patient was forced to wait 12 hours for help.
The elderly person was suffering from a fractured hip, Australian Paramedics Association NSW vice president Scott Beaton told Jim Wilson.
He blamed the acceleration of the issue over the last six months on a “perfect storm” of lack of beds and lack of surge capacity of ambulances.
“12 hours is a completely unacceptable wait.
“The ambulance service and the Department of Health and the Health Minister need to fix the crisis.”
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Listener Sarah called in with her perspective as a nurse in a major Sydney hospital.
“It’s been well documented that patients go [to the Emergency Department] for really unnecessary things.”
Under pressure from hospital executives, staff are no longer able to properly triage the most urgent cases, she claimed.
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