Tackling Ambulance Ramping - Putting Patients First

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By Kim Giddens MLA

21 August 2023

Recent reforms by the Cook Labor Government to address the root causes of ambulance ramping are now starting to have a significant impact. 


Reducing ambulance ramping is important for patients to access care and allows paramedics to get back on the road faster.


In the last six months, ramping hours at metro hospitals are down by almost 20% compared to the same time last year, with a 31% reduction in July 2023 compared to July 2022. 


This includes a 28% decrease at Fiona Stanley Hospital.


This is despite our system experiencing a 146% increase in flu hospitalisations, significantly more ambulances presenting to EDs, and increased elective surgery.