Doctors seek help from govt over ED 'ramping'

One mental health patient was forced to spend 'three days on a chair' before being admitted

The peak body for training emergency doctors has called on the federal health minister to intervene in the practice of "ramping" at hospitals across the country. 

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine president Dr Simon Judkins says ambulances being unable to transfer patients into hospitals because of packed wards is tantamount to torture in some cases.