According to a new report card from a major Australian medical union, Australians can expect to wait longer the next time they go to the hospital, even if they need urgent surgery.
Dr. Omar Khorshid, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), said the performance of the hospital system did not improve despite the reduction in patient numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Notable in this year’s report card is that the hospital continued to struggle in 2020, when the Australians were at home, not dealing with the highly contagious Delta variant and the high hospitalization of COVID-19,” Khorshid said. Mr. says. Press release November 5.
“Unless dramatic action is taken to support our hospital, this is the” best result “in terms of hospital performance,” said Korshid.
Some important findings from the public hospital report card 2021 (pdf) That Australians seeking “emergency” emergency treatment, which must be performed within 30 minutes, were one-third more likely to be seen on time in the country’s poorest performing jurisdictions. I outlined it.
“Therefore, if it is urgently classified as severe, heavy bleeding from a cut, a large fracture, severe hypertension, etc., it is one-third likely to be seen within 30 minutes in the Australian Capital Territory. In Western Australia, it happens about half as often, “Korshid said.
“At best, if you live in New South Wales after arriving at the hospital, you’re three-quarters likely to see it in 30 minutes,” he added.
Delays in performing elective surgery, such as heart valve replacement and cancer investigations, were also widespread.
“Only 75 percent within the recommended time frame for what is known as category 2 elective surgery,” he said.
“In practice, this means that 25% of people wait 90 days or more for surgery. This category includes treatment of unruptured cerebral aneurysms, decompression of the spinal cord, ovarian cysts or unhealed fractures. Includes treatment. “
In Tasmania, patients are 63% more likely to wait 90 days or more for selective surgery, saying “it’s hard to believe in a world-class healthcare system.”
“It doesn’t matter where you live. Relying on the public hospital system will make you wait longer than ever. Your condition will probably get worse. You need to tell the truth here. Single The jurisdiction has not improved the performance of this measure, “he said.
“This year’s report card covered the blockade period, so overall performance was expected to improve. The fact that in some places there was only a small improvement in an inconsistent way. , Should really worry all Australians. “
COVID-19 reveals that the country’s public health system is already in turmoil, with chronic problems such as ambulance surges and mismanagement.
In addition, some public health services will have lower levels of staff as the state government enforces vaccine obligations. Queensland Health, for example, has already suspended 4,000 medical professionals because it was not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Former Queensland Prime Minister and current senator candidate Campbell Newman said weak political leadership afflicted competing stakeholders (administrators and medical unions) within the state’s hospital system, worsening patient outcomes. Stated.
“The problem is that our public health system is highly integrated. What I found in Queensland when I was Prime Minister was to ensure that the system was actually working properly. There was no way to manage it, “he said. Epoch Times. “Sure, it turns out that there is a lot of corruption.”
Under Newman, the state hospital system dramatically reduced ambulance spikes and reduced waiting times for surgery by implementing stricter accountability measures.
However, after Newman was voted in 2015, the system returned to its previous state. The current Labor government has responded by pledged A $ 100 million to address the problem of another surge in massive delays and ambulance surges.