NSW: Waiting for 7 months for surgery in some hospitals
SYDNEY- Under-funding of our health system is causing surgery waiting times to blow out in some Hospitals across the State of NSW.
The O'Farrell Government's underfunding of our health system is causing surgery waiting times to blow out across the State – with some patients being forced to wait more than seven months for surgery in some NSW hospitals.
As of March 2012, there were 71,509 patients on the waiting list for surgery in NSW hospitals.
"Patients are being forced to wait longer for surgery in NSW under the O'Farrell Government," Shadow Health Minister, Dr Andrew McDonald said today.
"There are currently 1,700 children waiting for surgery at Westmead Children's Hospital, waiting an average of 99 days - up one month on the same time last year.
"Batemans Bay and Hawkesbury Private Hospitals are some of the worst performers for surgery, with average waiting times of more than seven months.
"At Bankstown, Macarthur and Liverpool Hospitals, there are more than 2,000 people waiting for surgery.
"Barry O'Farrell promised to improve our health services, but instead we are seeing the waiting list for surgery in NSW rise and rise.
"Surgery waiting times are blowing out because the O'Farrell Government isn't providing our hospitals with the funding and medical staff they need to keep up with increasing demand.
"Instead of funding more surgery, the Premier is sacking 3,600 hospital staff over the next four years and looking to rip funding out of our frontline hospital services at every available opportunity."
METROPOLITAN SYDNEY – TOP TEN WORST PERFORMERS FOR SURGERY
- Hawkesbury Private
- Mount Druitt
- Westmead Childrens
- Sydney Children's