NSW HEALTH SYSTEM UNDER ENORMOUS PRESSURE

Patients in NSW hospitals are facing long wait times in emergency departments with data from the Bureau of Health Information listing Hornsby Hospital as a poor performer.

Hornsby Hospital saw 28 per cent of patients wait for more than four hours in the October to December 2015 reporting quarter.

Statewide, 26 per cent of patients waited longer than four hours in emergency departments.

Labor Duty MLC for Hornsby, Greg Donnelly said these figures clearly show the health and hospital system in Hornsby and the Upper North Shore is under enormous pressure and is just not coping.

The Baird Government is ignoring the hard working paramedics, nurses, doctors and other allied health professionals who are in under-resourced hospitals.

“Patients in Hornsby and Upper North Shore have some of the longest waits in emergency departments in Australia – with 28 per cent waiting longer than four hours in emergency departments.

“Sadly these are not just numbers, they have a human face. They are thousands of mothers, fathers, children and grandparents who rely on the health and hospital system.

“Mike Baird is allowing patients in NSW to wait at every stage. They wait for an ambulance. They wait outside hospital to get into the emergency department. They wait for a hospital bed and then they are rushed out of the hospital before they are fully recovered”, said Greg Donnelly.