Flu-stricken Queenslanders urged to ease burden on ambulance services, hospitals

An unprecedented flu season has seen the Queensland Ambulance Service receive record numbers of emergency calls during the last two months. As a result, extra call centre staff have been brought in, the training of new paramedics has been fast-tracked and extra hospital beds added, as emergency services are stretched by flu-stricken Queenslanders. It costs the Queensland Ambulance Service $1351 to send paramedics to an emergency call, but it only costs $128 for a doctor to make a house call. Photo: Supplied Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said there had been a 13 per cent increase in 000 calls this financial year, during what he described…
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