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‘We may not cope’: Ambulance union explains why latest vision should alarm Victorians

Neil Mitchell
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Victoria’s ambulance union boss says vision of more than a dozen ambulances “ramping” outside Northern Hospital on Monday night should act as warning to Victorians about what is likely to happen once COVID-19 restrictions are significantly eased.

Danny Hill warned “it’s not going to be pretty” once the state reopens.

Mr Hill said “every idiot that turns up to a protest” should look at the vision and consider the impact their actions could have on the “limited resources” within the health system.

“The fact is we may not cope and we may see a lot of decisions have to be made about how we treat certain patients when they get to a really terminal stage or become quite unwell,” he said.

“We have limited resources within our health system.”

Mr Hill said ramping, where ambulances are forced to wait outside a hospital when the Emergency Department is unable to accept their patient, was an issue “every night” in Victoria.

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