New quarterly data released by the Bureau of Health Information confirms once again that the NSW hospital system is at the verge of breaking point.

Between April and June 2017, emergency room waiting times and emergency department presentations increased significantly in across the state, including at Shellharbour Hospital.

The data confirms 32.1% of emergency patients at Shellharbour Hospital waited more than four hours in the emergency department. This is well above the national benchmark of 26.9%.

The increasing number of emergency room presentations is due to the lack of bulk-billing and after hours GPs in the Illawarra, leaving patients with little choice but to go to the emergency department.

These figures demonstrate again that the Berejiklian Government has no idea how to run an effective public health system in our state.

Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“This Government is again ignoring the health crisis we have on our hands. The emergency room waiting times at Shellharbour Hospital are simply unacceptable.

“The increase in emergency room waiting times is not a new phenomenon. This Government needs to take some serious long-term action to ensure patients can access the health care services they need.

“These waiting times are just another example of the Berejiklian Government turning its back on the Shellharbour electorate. The Minister must act immediately to ensure local residents can get the emergency care they deserve.”


12 September 2017