Sydney hospital reviews ambulance death after treated man’s cardiac arrest in car park

The latest NSW hospital report card shows that nearly 20 percent of patients who arrived by ambulance at emergency departments between October and December last year were not transferred to the care of emergency department staff in 30 minutes. It was the second worst result for any quarter in the last decade.

Concerns over delays in patient discharge have been raised as part of the latest industry talks between health unions and the government.

A NSW ambulance manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the situation was “bed-locked groundhog day”, which is when hospitals are so overcrowded with patients they don’t have enough beds and ambulances are are forced to wait with patients in the ER. .

A senior nurse, who has worked at Concord Hospital for a decade and spoke anonymously, said the staff was under “extraordinary pressure” due to a shortage of experienced nurses.

“We live in fear of ending up in a situation where something goes seriously wrong. We are slipping towards the edge. I don’t see it changing at this stage,” the nurse said.


In a statement, a spokesperson for the Sydney local health district said the district “expressed its deepest condolences to the family of a man who died”.

“His condition deteriorated and he passed away before he was admitted to hospital. The hospital is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the case.”

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said that in addition to recent waves of COVID-19 stretching services, the community returning to pre-pandemic life has seen “an increase in car accidents, assaults, falls and other calls related to activities”.

Former federal Department of Health Secretary Stephen Duckett said a gridlock in health funding has left health systems in Australia in crisis, with the surge in ambulances worsening as hospitals struggle to admit a surge. of sick patients.

“The Commonwealth should be splitting funding 50-50 for a minimum of the next 18 months,” Duckett said. “But no major party has committed beyond September to a fair funding deal.”


The NSW government is in talks with the Health Services Union, whose members joined work stoppages last month, to increase the number of paramedics employed in NSW.

“COVID-19 has put enormous additional pressure on the ambulance system. NSW has hired an additional 750 paramedics in the last three years. But the reality is that pressure continues to mount on the nation’s health systems,” Hazzard said.

HSU secretary Gerard Hayes said NSW “needs to hire an additional 2,000 paramedics to be able to meet demand”.

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