Clinical review launched to probe allegations hospital ED staff are being urged to prioritise patients in ambulances

Clinical review launched to probe allegations hospital ED staff are being urged to prioritise patients in ambulances
  • PublishedDecember 7, 2023

Royal Adelaide Hospital doctor and SA Salaried Medical Officers Association president, David Pope, said hospital managers have demanded staff unload ambulances when there are sicker people inside.

“The hospital managers ring the staff in the emergency department essentially demanding that ambulances be unloaded when we’ve got sicker people arriving in the waiting room,” Mr Pope said.

“What we’re seeing is enormous pressure on clinicians to unload ambulances and bring them into very limited spaces in our emergency departments over and above those in the waiting room who are often sicker.

“We’ve people who’ve waited extraordinarily long hours in the waiting room, only to die later on, so that’s deeply concerning that is something that we all strive to avoid when there’s a treatable cause that can prevent death.”

Health Minister Chris Picton said senior clinicians Bill Griggs and Keith McNeill will probe the “concerning” claims made by Mr Pope.

“I have asked for a review to be done of these allegations by two eminent clinical experts to make sure that we can get the full evidence and the full answers in regards to the allegations that have been made,” Mr Picton said.

Ramping – in which ambulances park at hospitals waiting for emergency beds to become available – hit a new record in South Australia yesterday.

Figures released show the equivalent of 178 days were lost to ramping in the month of November and that South Australia has experienced an almost five-fold increase in just over six years.

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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