Elective surgery waiting times blow-out

April 4, 2013 by  

Patients from Slacks Creek wanting elective surgery at Logan Hospital are being forced to wait more than nine months.

The hospital has postponed nearly half of its non-urgent surgery appointments, and is not expected to fill the breach until at least July, when the 2013 financial year begins. Operating sessions have been reduced from 67 to 27 per week, according to Dr Richard Ashby, chief executive of Metro South Health. Most patients can expect a prolonged wait until the end of the year, while a small percentage have their surgery rescheduled to fit with the present financial year before June 30.

Dr Ashby also expects category 2 patients, some suffering disability and pain, will be inconvenienced. The bleak outlook is exacerbated by claims that emergency department treatments have been delayed, in some cases by days. Lawrence Springborg, State Health Minister, said:

“We’re trying to work on the historic long wait times and there have been some challenges with the Government taking almost $19 million out of the budget.”

Mr Springborg also stressed that shorter wait times for elective surgery are a priority. One Slacks Creek resident has been waiting since 2007 to have surgery on both knees. He became a category 2 patient last year, and has since been told by his doctor that urgent surgery is required.

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