Waiting time for elective surgery soars

July 10th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

A recent article in The West Australian revealed that the average waiting time for public patients needing elective surgery in WA soared more than 20 per cent in the 12 months to March this year.

The WA Health Department’s March quarter performance report, which was released yesterday amid criticism of its delay, also shows the number of people waiting for elective surgery increased by 1565, or almost 10 per cent, since March last year.

The rate of patients across all levels of urgency for surgery who were not treated within recommended times also increased.

These results demonstrate a falling performance in patient care.

This underpins our criticism of the government’s management of the health portfolio while they’ve been busy patting themselves on the back and cutting ribbons at hospitals.

And, in the process, they have forgotten about patients.

The delay in the report’s release is also questionable. There is no excuse why it’s taken them four months since the March quarter to put out a report and this suggests they were trying to hide it.

They need to be more accountable and transparent.


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