Ramping, hospital beds on agenda in Qld

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Ambulance 'ramping' and increased demand for beds in Queensland hospitals will be on the agenda when top health officials meet.

Health minister Yvette D'ath has already flagged a $15 million investment to create 130 more beds, as well as additional paramedics working next month.

She told parliament she will meet with health service chief executives from across the state as well as unions and consumer groups at a meeting on Thursday.

"We are getting on with addressing this issue, we're meeting with these key people tomorrow (and) I look forward to listening to them and their contribution about what else we can be doing," she said during question time on Wednesday.

The state opposition honed in on healthcare on Wednesday, as MPs questioned capacity in hospitals around the state.

It has received more than 1200 emails from patients, paramedics and nurses sharing "hospital horror stories", opposition leader David Crisafulli said.

"Patients are waiting in an ambulance longer than the clinically recommended time of 30 minutes, before receiving treatment," he said.

"The Health Minister must reveal the outcome of tomorrow's emergency meeting."

Despite surging demand, all category one patients in immediately life-threatening situations are being seen within two minutes, Ms D'ath said on Tuesday.

However, ramping, where patients are treated in the back of ambulances on hospital driveways until beds become available, is on the rise.

More than 1.39 million people presented at hospital emergency departments between July 1 2020 and January 31, 2021, an 11.6 per cent increase over the previous period.

There are more than 60 patients with COVID-19 in the state's hospitals, with more than 50 per cent arriving from Papua New Guinea, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the parliament on Wednesday.

She praised the performance of healthcare workers through the pandemic.

"Every single person across our health system, across our hotel quarantine system have really stood up," she said.