Member for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, has today called on Health Minister Jillian Skinner to immediately take action to solve the crisis at Concord Hospital.
Figures recently released by the NSW Bureau of Health Information show 33% of patients at Concord Hospital are waiting longer than four hours in the Emergency Department, and the hospital is completing 6.5% less surgeries than at the same time last year.
“Local residents are waiting longer and longer in emergency, and months on end for procedures like knee and hip replacements, cataract removals and tonsillectomies. This is simply not good enough.
“The State Government is dramatically increasing the population of the Inner West, yet they cannot even deliver quality, 21st century healthcare for the residents already living in the area. No wonder locals are losing faith in this Government to deliver anything for our local area.
The figures also show that in just twelve months, the waiting time for Cataract surgery has nearly doubled – from 129 days to 212 days.
“People are now waiting for over 6 months for a simple procedure such as Cataract surgery. This is appalling and shows just how desperate Concord Hospital is for extra funding and resources.
During the 2015 State Election the NSW Government promised $150 million for upgrades to Concord Hospital, yet the June budget contained no commitments for construction or even planning money.
“These statistics are a result of the NSW Government completely overlooking this hospital time and time again.
“Just a few short weeks ago it was revealed a possum was running rampant through the hospital, and now figures are showing the situation at Concord Hospital is getting worse rather than better.
"It’s time Health Minister Jillian Skinner stepped up, kept her promises to the residents of the Inner West and delivered this much needed upgrade."