Ramping rears its ugly head again

25 June 2020

The vexed issue of ramping has reared again with ANMF (SA Branch) aware of concerns over internal ramping in EDs and ambulances being used as makeshift beds outside hospitals.

The ANMF requests that members advise their Worksite Representatives and Professional Liaison Officers whenever EDs are overcapacity and ramping is occurring.

“This morning there were 86 people waiting for an inpatient bed at metropolitan EDs,’’ ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM said.

“We fear the problem of overcapacity will only worsen as we move deeper into winter and the anticipated increase in demand for hospital care.

“Members should seek to escalate issues of overcapacity and ramping to hospital management to ensure staff are provided to meet demand. They should report to us where staff is refused to maintain agreed ratios.’’

State Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Chris Picton told ABC Radio that under Health Minister Stephen Wade’s watch “the situation has got much worse … last year it doubled’’.

The State Opposition is urging the Government to reconsider cuts to the health system in the wake of a surge in patients and ramping following the coronavirus lull.

However, the Government says ramping is down 30 per cent this month compared to the same time last year.