Lismore Base on report's 'sick list'

WHILE the NSW Government is claiming success because hospital waiting times have slightly fallen, the latest hospital performance report reveals Lismore Base Hospital has failed to meet Australian standards of treating patients.

The NSW Health Quarterly Hospital Performance Report released yesterday revealed treatment times at Lismore Base's Emergency Department has deteriorated every quarter over the year as staffing levels have been reduced.

So you have to ask how a spokesperson for North Coast Area Health Services could tell us 'The reduction of staff positions should not effect treatment times as it has been structured to minimise its effect on the delivery of acute care services'?

It doesn't make sense. According to the figures released yesterday only 59 per cent of patients with 'imminently life threatening' conditions were seen by medical staff at Lismore Base within the 10-minute target over the three months to June.

This is a 24pc drop compared to the same period last year. And for those with potentially life-threatening conditions it has dropped by 8pc. These figures are not good.

It doesn't matter which way they try to dress it up, it is obvious reducing nursing staff is greatly affecting patient care. And at this rate it is bound to cause potential risk to anyone presenting at the hospital.

NSW Health Minister John Hatzistergos has said 30 more nurses would be recruited for a number of emergency departments throughout the state later this year to improve patient care. Let's hope they are coming to Lismore, but I doubt it.



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