Hospital figures concern
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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-