Waiting times at the Shellharbour Hospital emergency department have blown out with only 65 per cent of patients starting treatment within four hours of arrival quarterly health statistics have revealed, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
“Patients presenting to Shellharbour Hospital are waiting over an hour longer than three months ago with only 65 per cent leaving the emergency department within four hours.
“Last quarter, 70 per cent were leaving within four hours and were waiting an hour less.
“Waiting times for all triage treatment categories has also increased at Shellharbour Hospital over the last three months.
“Tony Abbott’s proposed $7 GP Tax will only put more pressure on Shellharbour Hospital’s emergency department.
“Elective surgery waiting times for all categories have also increased on three months ago.
“These new statistics only add to the case I’ve been putting now for the last four years that Shellharbour Hospital needs a major $250 million upgrade to cope with new demands in a growing population.
“The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has developed a plan, and put it to the State Government, but we’ve seen no decision from the Minister, and no cheque to see the upgrade take place.
“The Minister is apparently visiting the Illawarra today but will completely bypass Shellharbour Hospital.
“The Minister must explain why Shellharbour Hospital’s performance has deteriorated over the last quarter since the Bureau of Health Information released the region’s health statistics”, Ms Watson said.
4 December 2014