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Safety watchdog called in on chronic ramping

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The Health and Community Services Union is calling in Tasmania's workplace safety authority over chronic ambulance ramping.

They've alerted Worksafe Tasmania to the conditions being faced by paramedics and other staff as they deal with the flow-on effects of ward bed shortages.

Ambulances were stacked up outside the Royal Hobart and Launceston General Hospitals yesterday.

HACSU Secretary Tim Jacobson says with flu season yet to ramp up, staff are already burning out.

"What we want is for someone to have a closer look at the circumstances around ramping," he said. 

"Some of the fundamental issues relate to fatigue, patients in corridors, patient safety issues and safety for those staff in the emergency department as well." 

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The Tasmanian Government is fending off claims its decision to bring forward a health roundtable to June is too little, too late. 

“The comprehensive June meeting will bring together experts from around Australia, which takes time to coordinate," said Health Minister Michael Ferguson. 

“Importantly, we are not waiting for the meeting to start working on solutions and have kick started these talks.

“I have already met with ACEM and the Department of Health and clinical leaders within THS are meeting with them in the coming days.

“Managing acute health service demand is challenging, but all solutions begin with having the right people in the room leading informed discussions.”

Images: HACSU