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Documents link deaths to Qld ambulance and hospital expectations

The wealth of documents covers South East Queensland Hospital and Health Services units between the start of 2021 and April 13 this year – a period which included two of the three largest waves of COVID in the State, both in 2022.


Only two of the deaths linked to ambulance and hospital delays have occurred this year, including one on one of the “busiest two days on record” for triple zero calls in the state in January.

Another 119 pages were refused due to cases before the coroner or the Office of the Health Ombudsman.

Reviews are standard processes for determining whether an event – from patient deaths to paramedics injured on the job – requires further investigation.

During an Estimates hearing in July, QAS Commissioner Craig Emery said there were 317 in the 2021-22 fiscal year, including nine referred to the coroner. Only two of them had been finalized.


Crisafulli said a plan was needed for more hospital beds, better triage, real-time data and empowering frontline staff to make more decisions themselves.

D’Ath said the answer was not so simple and was linked to declining access to GPs, private health insurance coverage and hospital beds occupied by people who should be taken care of. care by elderly or disabled people – issues his government was working on with the Commonwealth.

The state will also host a health workforce summit in the coming week.

Dr Shantha Raghwan, Queensland vice-president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, said all health systems across the country were “no longer fit for purpose”, a problem which, at worst, has led to situations like those described in the documents.

“Solving these issues requires a collaborative approach, and an approach that transcends bipartisan politics.”

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