No elective surgery at Armadale Hospital until November

September 7th, 2012 by: admin

Friday 07 Sep 2012

Lack of beds during the busy winter flu season has forced Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital to postpone elective surgeries that required overnight stays until November, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said today.

Mr Cook said hospital staff instructed patients that surgeons could only operate on one patient requiring an overnight stay per day and the remaining surgeries would be postponed.

“The winter flu season is no excuse for the Barnett Government’s failure to ensure Western Australian hospitals have enough beds to cope with demand and are adequately staffed,” he said.

“Winter always increases pressure on our hospitals and a competent government would plan for the increased demand and provide the necessary resources to cope with additional patients.

“Patients should not be forced to postpone their procedures, often to address painful conditions, due to bed shortages in Western Australian hospitals.

“It is simply not good enough that a hospital that services such a large area can only accept one patient requiring an overnight stay per doctor per day.

“Queues for elective surgery are already out-of-control under the Barnett Government and now with this latest debacle, patients with painful conditions are forced to wait even longer.

“The Barnett Government must immediately address the lack of available beds at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital.”

Member for Armadale Tony Buti said he was approached by Carol Morton, whose September 6 operation to address constant debilitating headaches was cancelled due to lack of beds.

“Mrs Morton was told she would not undergo surgery until at least November,” Dr Buti said.

“Her husband then contacted Murdoch Specialist Centre who eventually informed him that due to his persistence, the operation would go ahead as scheduled but a teenage girl would miss out on surgery.

“I am pleased Mrs Morton’s surgery will go ahead as planned but I’m extremely concerned that many others in need will miss out.”

Mr Cook said the Barnett Government should assist effected patients to find alternative facilities to undergo their procedures.

“Those with painful conditions should not be forced to wait until November,” he said.

“The bed shortage at Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital is yet another example of the Barnett Government’s failure to provide even the most basic health care to Western Australians.”

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