NSW Labor is demanding the Government fast-track elective surgeries across NSW and fix the record long waitlists that have blown out again.
Bureau of Health Information (BHI) figures show that from July to September, the waitlist for elective surgery was more than 95 thousand patients. That’s an increase of 11.8 per cent compared to the same time last year and means an extra 10 thousand people are waiting in pain for life-changing surgery.
The Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park described the figures as proof the Government had long ago lost control of the elective surgery wait-list.
“The Government can’t hide behind the impact of COVID-19. The record long waitlists are a result of a decade of neglect and under resourcing. It has little to do with the elective surgery suspension earlier this year. Quarter after quarter, we have seen blowouts and backlogs and nothing being done to address it.
“We need a long-term sustainable plan to get on top of this. There must be no excuses and no delays. The Government needs to extend operating hours, boost capacity and ensure doctors and medical staff are supported.”
The elective surgery crisis
- 8,193 patients across NSW have waited longer than the clinically recommended time frame
- The median wait for non-urgent elective procedures are up a shocking 90 days to 330 days
- One in ten patients wait 441 days for non-urgent elective surgery
- The wait for knee replacements has increased 65 days to 358 days
- The wait for ophthalmology procedures has increased by more than three months (98 days) to 330 days
- The wait for ear, nose and throat surgery increased by 74 days to 291 days
The figures also show almost three in ten patients spend more than four hours in emergency, with a median wait of two hours and 42 minutes.
“The reality is the entire NSW public health system is under enormous strain. People are being left behind, in pain because of this Government’s mismanagement.”