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Tasmanians dying waiting for ambulances while Peter Gutwein sits on his hands

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Peter Gutwein and Sarah Courtney are sitting on their hands while Tasmanians are dying waiting for ambulances.

Shadow Health Minister Dr Bastian Seidel said the tragic death of a patient last week could have been prevented if Peter Gutwein and Sarah Courtney provided hardworking paramedics and ambulance crews with the resources they need to save lives.

“A patient in South Hobart suffered a cardiac arrest and died after calling triple-zero to complain of chest pain but ambulance crews stuck on the ramp at the Royal Hobart Hospital could not get to this emergency,” Dr Seidel said.

“In another incident at Battery Point, a priority zero call – the highest, most urgent priority – received by Ambulance Tasmania on Sunday night was not attended to by local ambulance crews because they were ramped.

“It is disgraceful that due to no ambulance crew being available in all of greater Hobart, an off duty ambulance crew had to be called from Sorell – 25km away.

“These shocking incidents come a week after the government started rolling out secondary triage which was supposed to alleviate ramping – clearly this is not working,” Dr Seidel said.

“In Parliament today, it was clear the Premier had no plan to prevent similar tragic incidents from occurring again.

“It’s time the Premier came clean and admitted that he is failing Tasmanians and last week’s tragic death could have been prevented if he actually supported our emergency services instead of just talking himself up.”

Dr Bastian Seidel MLC
Shadow Health Minister