We’re dying for better healthcare, so says a new report on the state of our State’s hospitals.
With a blowout of waiting times in Emergency Departments in Public Hospitals, thousands of people seeking urgent treatment are not getting it in time.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Hospital Report Card 2017 outlines the performance of our state run facilities. It shows that only 67% of patients are being seen within the recommended triage time of 30 minutes or less (up by 37%) That’s well below the 80% target set in 2012-13.
And only 73% of all patients visiting EDs are leaving within 4 hours or less, also below the 90% target.
Waiting times for Elective Surgery in NSW have also stretched out to 55 days (up from 28 days in 2001-02), with more than 4000 NSW patients waiting over a year for their op!
Official figures show that 7000 people died while on the wait list last year across the country, with an estimated 2000 people dying in NSW.
All this follows concern about the Wyong Hospital Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and its ability to continue to serve the community with the right level of health care (read more here).
It is also hot on the heels of the new NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s vow to deliver a “first-class” redevelopment to the old Shire. According to the Central Coast Express Advocate, the Minister revealed that this particular hospital is on the top of his priorities list, and he is looking at the issue with “a fresh pair of eyes” and putting any proposed plans under the microscope.
Protests continue against the PPP, with over 100 disgruntled locals rallying on Valentine’s Day, effectively asking the Government to have a heart with regional health services.
The concern is not only at the front line, but any domino effect a reduction in quality of services could cause across the coast…if staff numbers are reduced, this could lead to higher unemployment locally, and more Coasties having to join the ranks of commuters; which is a headache all in itself (see more here).