Ramping at Royal Hobart Hospital ‘severe’, Libs point to funding

HEALTHY DEBATE: Ambulance ramping has sparked political discussion.
HEALTHY DEBATE: Ambulance ramping has sparked political discussion.

Labor has highlighted a “severe” case of ambulance ramping at the Royal Hobart Hospital on Monday night, prompting the Liberals to point to their commitment to invest $127 million into ambulance services.

Labor campaign spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said the Liberals’ health policy “ignored” ambulance ramping.

But Health Minister Michael Ferguson noted that a re-elected Liberal government would recruit an additional 62 paramedics and operations centre staff, a staff increase of more than 15 per cent.