Just over a quarter of NSW public hospital patients – 27.6 per cent – were not treated within the clinically recommended time, an increase of 1.7 per cent, according to Australian Associated Press (AAP).
Published on news website, Health Times, the AAP reported AMA NSW President Danielle McMullen as saying the data – released by the Bureau of Health Information for the January to March quarter – was proof the state’s system was buckling under pressure.
“It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion,” Dr McMullen was quoted by AAP.
“Across the board, the five-year trends in activity and performance for emergency departments, ambulance services, admitted patients and elective surgical procedures all reveal a system that is struggling to cope with the current demand.”
Read the full Health Times story, here.