Bundaberg Hospital puts lives at risk with patient transport ‘van’

The decision by Queensland Health to set up a local patient transport service is another example of the hospital cutting corners to save money.It’s been confirmed that the hospital will roll out a ‘large van’ which will accommodate patients on stretchers, wheelchairs and normal seating.

The vehicle will not be operated by highly skilled ambulance officers but instead drivers will be trained and a nurse will be available just for ‘clinical cases’.It’s claimed the move will result in significant savings but in reality it is taking funding away from the ambulance service to plug holes in Queensland Health’s budget.Ambulance Officers feel betrayed and let down by the system as another decision is taken without consultation.They are gravely concerned by the fact patient care is once again neglected in favour of cost cutting.

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