Hos­pi­tal fig­ures con­cern


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

MT DRUITT and Black­town hos­pi­tals have some of the high­est emer­gency wait times in the coun­try, with up to half of pa­tients wait­ing more than four hours to leave the emer­gency depart­ment.

NSW Health’s lat­est fig­ures show up to 40 per cent of pa­tients at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal were wait­ing more than four hours to be dis­charged.

The me­dian time for pa­tients to leave Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency depart­ment was 3 hours and 40 min­utes be­tween July and Septem­ber.

This was up more than 20 min­utes on last quar­ter, where the av­er­age pa­tient was dis­charged in 3 hours at 18 min­utes.

At neigh­bour­ing Black­town and Ne­pean hos­pi­tals, more than 50 per cent of pa­tients waited more than four hours to leave emer­gency.

Pa­tients at Black­town Hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency had a me­dian dis­charge time of 4 hours and 2 min­utes.

Op­po­si­tion spokesman for health Walt Secord crit­i­cised the fig­ures.

“Sadly th­ese are not just num­bers, they have a hu­man face,” Mr Secord said.

“They are thou­sands of moth­ers, fa­thers, chil­dren and grand­par­ents who rely on the health and hos­pi­tal sys­tem.”

De­spite the fig­ures, NSW Health Min­is­ter Jil­lian Skin­ner said Mt Druitt Hos-

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