Claim of hos­pi­tals’ progress un­der fire

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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.

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