Ambulance Tasmania says the matter is being reviewed. A patient’s family member was forced to drive an ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital, after a horror 24 hours saw a paramedic attend a call-out alone. A surge in demand, combined with staff shortages, meant five paramedics were operating ambulances alone last Thursday and Friday. One paramedic attended a call-out on Thursday night, but was unable to leave the sick patient unattended in the back of the ambulance. The alternative was a 90-minute wait for back-up and there was a list of emergency jobs already in the system. A family member, who was an off-duty police officer, subsequently drove the ambulance to the hospital without lights and sirens. Another paramedic was forced to wait at a scene with a patient who had badly broken bones for almost two hours due to no back-up being available. An email Ambulance Tasmania management […]