In the latest disturbing ramping incident at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), a woman who had been vomiting for 18 hours was forced to wait outside the emergency department for more than an hour this afternoon.
The Ambulance Employees Association reported the woman was eventually transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, but not before suffering unacceptable duress.
Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas said the incident confirmed yet again that the South Australian health system is in crisis.
“As well as the distress the woman suffered, the paramedic was also forced to go against protocol by going to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for help,” said Mr Lucas.
“The Weatherill Labor Government claimed there was no ramping at Flinders Medical Centre yesterday, but admitted there was ‘some congestion for about half an hour’.
“However on the ambulance scanner, the paramedic said he had been waiting for more than an hour.
“It appears the Weatherill Labor Government is trying to downplay a very serious incident.”
Mr Lucas said that the multi-million dollar redevelopment at Flinders Medical Centre had been poorly designed and was effectively embedding ramping at the site.
“The ramping problems that have plagued FMC for years are due to the Emergency Department layout which does not provide corridor spaces next to the ED, unlike at the current Royal Adelaide Hospital and other hospitals, to cope with busy periods,” said Mr Lucas.
“Contrary to claims by the Weatherill Labor Government, ramping at Flinders Medical Centre is only getting worse.
“The Government promised that regular updates on the implementation of the recommendations of the Monaghan Review would be posted on the SA Health website, but they haven’t done so all year.
“The Weatherill Labor Government is either not implementing all the recommendations of the Monaghan Review, or they are implementing them and they aren’t working.
“The Ambulance Employees’ Association is also reporting that ramping might be starting to occur at Modbury Hospital, and if this turns out to be the case, the union won’t rule out industrial action.
“Mr Weatherill and Mr Snelling have let South Australians down by failing to properly address ramping.
”South Australians deserve a better Government with the right priorities to get South Australia back on track.”