Health wait too long for many: MP
NEW HEALTH statistics show that more than 100 people are waiting longer than they should for elective surgery at Hervey Bay Hospital, Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said yesterday.
“The waiting list has blown out in the past 12 months. The December 2009 quarterly public hospital report reveals 110 people were waiting too long for elective surgery at the hospital compared with only 62 12 months earlier.
“To make things worse, the number of long wait patients in categories one and two – the most serious categories – increased from 46 on January 1, 2009, to 79 on January 1, 2010.”
Mr Sorensen said that by Qld Health’s own definitions, a category one patient waiting too long is likely to deteriorate and may become an emergency patient, while a category two patient waiting too long is likely to suffer pain, dysfunction or disability.
“It is just appalling that so many residents of Hervey Bay and its surrounds are suffering pain, dysfunction or disability.
“What the report does not reveal is how many people in and around Hervey Bay are on dental waiting lists and on the waiting list to get on the waiting list – that is, those patients waiting for a specialist appointment before they can even get on to the official elective surgery waiting list.
“Health Minister Paul Lucas has not released details on dental waiting lists despite promises in June 2009 he would begin reporting twice yearly on dental waiting lists in 2009-10.
“The minister has also failed to release the figures on how many people are on the waiting list to see a specialist in the Hervey Bay Hospital outpatient department with no information released since March 2009 when we learned 180,582 patients statewide were waiting.”