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EMERGENCY patients dialling 000 will be diagnosed by a computer program that could leave them waiting up to an hour for an ambulance.
People suffering complaints such as chest pains, miscarriages or drug overdoses will be assessed as either "hot", meaning an ambulance will be dispatched immediately, or "cold", with response times of 30 minutes.
And sexual assault victims face the chilling prospect of waiting up to twice as long for medical care - unless they are suffering life-threatening injuries.
The new over-the-phone diagnosis system will see up to 40 per cent of emergency calls responded to without lights and sirens - adding to the Code Red crisis it was designed to help alleviate.
The Health Services Union said the system, called ProQA and due to be in place by the end of the month, would further delay ambulances and in some cases it would be quicker to drive yourself to hospital.
Reduces human error and, as a result, the risk of liability to the center
Originally posted by drogo
i stopped to help a lady on the highway with a flat tire. the first thing she said was "listen to this i called 911 and the line is busy i got he message to let me know when the becomes free". ok no way in hell she should be calling 911 for a friggen flat tire, but how come 911 was busy. great someone haveing a heart attack may have one try if the line is busy they are dead.