Never have I seen such a load of bullshit. Hospital systems completely crashed and people dying because of it. The other thing I read today is people are being refused permission to leave Australia. Correct me if I am wrong but do we not get shit loads of boat people from countries where they are refused permission to leave? Vietnamese refugees come to mind here. Middle East, Africa etc.
Was it not Julia Gillard who organised an enquiry into “The relevance of ANZAC Day in Modern Australia?” A “totally impartial panel” came back with the – you guessed it answer, no relevance at all. Gillard was all set to dump ANZAC Day, until a few people heard about it then she backflipped. What is going on now is nothing more than furtherance of that Gillard ideal. Now do you see what is going on?
Investigations are underway after a woman died while waiting more than six hours for an ambulance in Melbourne’s south-east.
- The woman in her 30s was dead by the time paramedics arrived at her home
- Health Minister Martin Foley has ordered an investigation into the death and the delay
- The ambulance union says the tragedy is unsurprising given demands on the state’s health system
The woman, aged in her 30s, called triple zero from her Caulfield North home on Wednesday night after complaining of numbness, tingling and feeling light headed.
Ambulance Union secretary Danny Hill said it was understood she was classified as a code 2 or code 3, meaning an ambulance should have arrived within 25 to 60 minutes.
Mr Hill said the communications centre tried to contact the woman and did everything they could to get paramedics to her, but there was “much more higher acuity work coming in”.
“It was such a busy night, too many crews were ramped at hospital,” Mr Hill said.
“Unfortunately, by the time an ambulance did attend, six hours had gone by and she’s unfortunately passed away.”
Mr Hill said paramedics then faced a delay getting into the building due to a number of reasons, inlcuding the presence of a dog. But he said before gaining access, they could see the woman lying still on the floor.
Health Minister Martin Foley has instructed Ambulance Victoria and Safer Care Victoria to “immediately set up an investigation into this patient’s death”.
Ambulance Victoria’s acting chief operating officer, Mick Stephenson confirmed the organisation was “investigating this tragedy”.
“Out of respect for a family in grief, I will not be commenting further,” he said in a statement.
Emergency departments ‘crushed’ by demand
Mr Hill said it was sadly not a surprise as ambulance ramping — where paramedics are unable to hand their patients over due to busy emergency departments being at capacity — continued to be an issue.
“We’ve been very lucky for a long period of time just with the demands since coming out of the pandemic and I think we all have a sense that eventually a patient would lose their life while waiting for an ambulance,” he said.
He said there were many factors behind the delays, including emergency departments being “crushed” by demand, short staffing and a lack of emergency beds.
“But we also need to see people getting back into the habit of seeing their GP,” he said.
Attendance at GP clinics dropped dramatically during the height of the pandemic, and many people did not follow their usual health and medication plans.
Mr Hill said this meant paramedics were spending a lot of time responding to chronic health conditions who now needed emergency treatment.
Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the delay “demonstrates what a crisis we have in not only our ambulance system, but our entire health system”.