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Death of Townsville woman waiting for ambulance under investigation

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The death of a Townsville woman who was waiting for an ambulance to arrive is under internal investigation.

Paramedics were called to the woman’s home on Saturday but she was dead when they arrived.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is conducting a detailed review of the case, which will be provided to the Coroner.

Member for Burdekin Dale Last claims there was a significant delay with the arrival of paramedics.

“Unfortunately it took two and a half hours before the ambos responded and…upon arrival they’ve located this female person deceased beside a wheelchair in the front yard of the residence in Kelso,” Mr Last says.

He has described the situation as “horrendous.”

“When you dial Triple-0 in an emergency situation, it’s not unreasonable to expect a prompt response.”

“That’s the very reason why you ring Triple-0 in the first case.”

“We would never know, had there been a prompt response, if that lady would have survived.”

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He says the incident is a symptom of a broader statewide issue.

“We know that our paramedics…are out there doing the best job they can with the resources that they have, but clearly this crisis that’s unfolding in Queensland…needs to be addressed,” Mr Last says.

Mr Last is calling on the State Government to bolster resources for QAS to prevent a similar incident in the future.

“They need to make sure that the ambulance service has the vehicles, they have the equipment, they have the training and more importantly that they have the staff they need to do the job.”

“I don’t think that the ambulance service has grown in line with the growth in Queensland population.”

“We need to be reassured that this will never happen again.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says the Opposition is jumping to conclusions and should let the investigation run its course.

“I think it is certainly too early and again completely inappropriate for the Opposition to draw links to any availability of ambulances to these deaths,” Ms D’Ath says.

“It is irresponsible of the Opposition to be trying to make clinical decisions and findings with those experts still completing those investigations.”

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