Increase in the Waiting List of Patients Undergoing Surgery
The shortage of beds and staff member is putting a huge burden of the health services. This is evident from the figures released in the State Government's Health Services Report. It says that almost 2,000 patients have to wait for surgery at Western hospital. This is very disturbing and it shows that the health services within the region are in state of crisis with hospitals going through overloads of patients.
There are many hospitals that have failed to meet the benchmarks set by the government for patients which includes elective surgery patients being treated in 90 days and non urgent cases within one year. The figures also revealed that although all category 1 patients were seen on arrival, 79% of emergency category 2 patients had to wait 10 minutes while 76% of urgent category 3 patients had to wait for 30 minutes.
Overall there were 8859 people that were treated in the emergency department while 1,600 are still listed for elective surgery. What is more profound is the fact that these hospitals also ranked one of the worst on the patient satisfaction ranking in December. The western hospital received a rating of 71.4 out of 100 for admission, treatment, discharge and follow-up.
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