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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Waiting longer in new hospital

Recent figures show longer wait times and a dramatic increase in patients at Bega’s embattled new hospital.
Nanjing Night Net

On Wednesday, NSW Shadow Minister for HealthWalt Secord and Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kellyvisited the South East Regional Hospital saying the federal government’scuts to the health budget were having a negativeeffect on the $187million facility.

Mr Secord had been approached by some of SERH’s workers who said it was not properly staffed.

“I’ve spoken to doctors and nurses and they are all saying the same thing about the hospital –it’s under enormous pressure,” he said.

“We have the ludicrous situation where patients are waiting longer in the new hospital than in the old one.”

He was referring to data on Bega’s hospitalsprovided bythe Bureau of Health Information for the periods of April 1 – June 30.

Lastyear 16.9 per cent of patientsspent overfour hours in the emergency department in the Bega District Hospital, but in SERH this year that jumped to24.2 per cent.

The data also showed an increase in patient numbers at the ED. From April to June this year,4003 checked in to SERH, an increase of almost 1000 peoplefrom last year.

By the end of June there were839 patientswaitingfor elective surgery, an almost 13 per cent increase over last year.

While all patients in elective surgery’surgentcategory received surgery within the recommended 30 days, more patients deemed semi or non urgent had to wait beyond their recommended timesat SERH compared to last year’s figures.

For median wait times in elective surgery, gynaecology patients waited64 days compared to 38 last year, cholecystectomy patients had an89 daywait but71 last year, and general surgery patients waited69 days while last year only48.

But there were improvements, such as urology patients waiting30 days compared to 78 last year.

On Wednesday, Dr Kellysaid the critical issue was that the federal government’s cuts to health and hospitals were putting enormous strain on the state government’s budget.

“It is not good enough for [Premier] Mike Baird to pass these budget pressures on to regional health services through cost cutting,” he said.

He said he would get state colleagues onside so they understood the hospital’sproblems and work on providing alternative policies.

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