Patients die waiting in Queensland hospital queues as ambulance ramping gets worse.
Medical records of patients who have recently died obtained by The Courier-Mail under Right to Information laws revealed one patient was given paracetamol after waiting almost four hours outside Nambour hospital but died before being admitted. Another patient "became unresponsive while waiting on ramp" and also died.
"Ramp time nearly three hours," the documents detailing circumstances surrounding the death of the second patient stated. "Workload, staffing (and) overcrowding issues" were listed as having affected the cases of both patients.
United Voice Ambulance Union co-ordinator Jeanette Temperley said "ramping", which involved ambulances lining up for entry to emergency departments, was a "big issue".