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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
WA Health Minister Dr Kim Hames needs to immediately delay his “ban” on ambulance ramping or chaos could result in Perth emergency departments tomorrow, the AMA (WA) has said.
“Too little has been done to prepare emergency departments for this ill-thought and completely unworkable plan,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said today.
“Despite promises of more beds, more staff and increased funding, nothing has been implemented and we risk absolute bedlam in our hospitals tomorrow.
“This ill-conceived plan is supposed to improve wait times in our hospitals. Instead it has only added extreme pressure on paramedics, hospital staff and could jeopardise patient health outcomes.
“The State Government has once again devised a public health plan that is pure fantasy, without the input of those who actually run our emergency departments.
“Ramping is about capacity and funding needs. Without fixing these issues nothing will change. This plan may potentially cut ambulance ramping, but it will definitely bring back corridor care.
“Until the necessary beds, funding and increased staff are implemented, this plan needs to be delayed to protect patients.
“Banning ramping is not a plan. It would be like the Police Minister trying to cut crime without extra police or the Transport Minister banning congestion without building an additional kilometre of road,” Dr Gannon said.