Claim of hospitals’ progress under fire
NSW Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord has challenged Health Minister Jillian Skinner’s claim that NSW hospitals are coping well with increasing admission and emergency department visits.
The challenge came after Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla raised the issue in Parliament in March, relaying the experiences of two constituents who were subject to long wait times.
Mr Atalla said an 84-yearold had to wait 17 hours in Nepean Hospital emergency.
He said the patient was taken to Nepean because the Government had closed the medical wards at Mt Druitt.
Nepean and Blacktown hospitals were unable to verify the situation and Mr Atalla’s office could not provide the patient’s contact details.
“Forty-two out of 80 hospitals reported improvements in the percentage of patients leaving the emergency department within four hours (compared with) the same quarter last year,” Mrs Skinner said. The Standard asked Mrs Skinner about the latest data in relation to Mt Druitt Hospital and was referred to health districts.
Mt Druitt and Blacktown Hospital general manager Sue-Anne Redmond attributes the improvement to improved patient flow and streamlined work processes.
“We are identifying factors that slow down patient flow and cause dissatisfaction, such as delays in investigations including blood tests or X-ray, poor communication between teams and transport and logistic issues,” Ms Redmond said.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner with Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian.