NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord said the federal government’s proposed scrapping of the after-hours GP home doctor service would flood NSW emergency departments with non-urgent cases that should be seen by a GP.
A 52-year-old West Ballina grandmother faces an anxious wait of up to a year to discover whether she has colon cancer after she was told by Lismore Base Hospital that was the earliest date she could expect to have a colonoscopy despite her sister having the condition.
Waiting times at Ballina Hospital’s emergency department are too long and the state government is to blame for ripping up to $3 billion in funding out of the health department, according to shadow health minister Walt Secord.
The average person attending Lismore Base Hospital will have to wait two hours 45 minutes to be seen, according to statistics for July to September released by the Bureau of Health Information this week.
Allied health services at hospitals around the region are at breaking point, according to the Health Services Union, with The Tweed Hospital among the worst hit.
Emergency waiting times at crowded Lismore Base Hospital improved in the quarter to June 30, according to new statistics just released by the Bureau of Health Information.