Record number of emergency presentations putting NSW health system under pressure

The NSW hospital system is struggling to cope with a record 665,000 patients swamping emergency departments in the last quarter of 2015. As a result of the increased pressure on the health system the waiting time for non-urgent surgery was nine days longer than the same period the previous year, according to the NSW Bureau of Health Information [BHI]. The NSW hospital system is struggling to cope with a record number of patients.¬†Photo: Edwina Pickles Further, the three-year improvement in patients leaving the emergency department within four hours appears to have flatlined, with some hospitals struggling to treat half of…
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