The federal government is cutting $715 million out of Australia’s public hospitals between 2017- 2020. It means surgeries will be delayed and wait times will increase for local patients.
The figures come as the Health Infrastructure continues to struggle with its proposed redevelopment of the Goulburn Base Hospital and the community’s concerns that the project is underfunded.
The Goulburn Base Hospital will take a $780,000 hit, while $620,000 would be cut from Bowral and District Hospital, and a total of $215 million across NSW hospitals in the three year period. .
Goulburn Base Hospital remains one of the most under pressure hospitals in rural and regional NSW. Patients and health workers are frustrated by the lengthy waits. The median wait time for elective surgery is 274 days, an increase of 15 days from the same period the year before. On average, patients wait 359 days for a knee replacement.
According to the latest Bureau of Health Information data 21.7 per cent of patients waited more than four hours at the Goulburn Hospital Emergency Department. While Opposition Leader Luke Foley has strongly supported nurse to patient ratios across NSW, the NSW Liberal government has refused to commit to improving nurse to patient ratios in regional hospitals despite evidence of improved health outcomes in city hospitals.
Unlike Labor, this city -centric government has one rule for the city and another for the bush .
Details of comparative data is available here https://www.myhospitals.gov.au
What has been your experience at Goulburn Base Hospital Accident and Emergency Department? Have you had to wait long for attention and treatment?