Did you know that NSW patients are waiting for elective surgery much longer than patients in comparable countries including Canada and the United Kingdom? For the elderly in NSW – especially those waiting for knee and hip replacements and cataract removal – they face some of the longest waits for elective surgery in Australia – up to three times longer than the Australian median.
We currently have around 76,000 patients waiting for much needed surgery.
Of the patients waiting for elective surgery, there were:
- Almost 19,000 patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery;
- Almost 16,000 patients waiting for cataract surgery;
- More than 11,00 patients waiting for ear, nose and throat surgery;
- More than 8,500 waiting for a total knee and hip replacements;
- More than 4,500 patients waiting for tonsillectomies;
- The current wait tonsillectomy is 273 days; 197 days for a total hip replacement and 271 days for a total knee replacement.
Patients are forced to wait too long under the Berejiklian Government and only NSW Labor has a plan to resource our health and hospital system and put patients first.
NSW Labor will launch a one-off Elective Surgery Acceleration Plan which will target cataract removal, orthopaedic surgery; and ear, nose and throat by expanding these “routine” procedures into smaller hospitals – and other medical facilities.
It will cut lists by around 10 percent.
Under the plan, the NSW State Government would:
- pay organisations and doctors a single cost for each procedure. This will allow surgical space to be used more efficiently and will improve theatre utilisation in NSW.
- Establish a surgical taskforce to improve theatre use
- and make better use of the surgical resources available to tackle what has been a long-term challenge in NSW.