LABOR SUPPORTS WYONG HOSPTIAL NURSES

The NSW Labor Opposition has said that they stand alongside the nurses today from Wyong Hospital who say the situation has now reached crisis levels.

Nurses from the overstretched Emergency Department have rallied out the front of the Hospital today and Labor MP’s and the Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park joined them to show their support.

The latest report from the Bureau of Health Information shows just how stretched Wyong Hospital is with unprecedented strain as waiting lists for surgery have soared and more people are stuck in emergency departments. Statistics reveal that more than 35 per cent of patients are waiting more than four hours to be seen.

Emergency department figures for Central Coast hospitals show that they are feeling the brunt of the Liberals and Nationals’ neglect of the health and hospital system.

Both Wyong and Gosford Hospitals recorded decreases in the percentage of ED patients receiving treatment within recommended timeframes across all triage categories compared to the same period in 2018.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Member for Swansea said ”Wyong hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments on the coast and it is unfair that patients are waiting for hours to be seen by a doctor. The Government need to make a commitment to appropriately resource the hospital.

“The Central Coast is growing at a rate of knots and the Government is not providing the funding to keep pace with growth, let alone meet the current demand. They can’t even meet their own patient benchmarks.

“The Premier told the people of NSW that they could have it all before the last election. Instead our hospitals are now at breaking point and the nurses are desperate for additional resources to allow them to do their job” said Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park.

“The people of the Central Coast expect the Government to make sure there’s a strong, well-resourced public health system that’s meeting the needs of locals. Unfortunately thanks to the Government’s neglect, we are seeing patients continuing to suffer” he said.

Shadow Minister for the Central Coast David Harris said, “Our hospital staff are overworked and under pressure. It's not fair. They want to do their best for patients but are prevented from doing so because of unrealistic work pressures."

Member for the Entrance David Mehan said, “At the State Election Ms Berejiklian and her Liberal colleagues came to the Coast pledging to finally take our local healthcare seriously. Eight months later and nurses are already feeling overstretched and overworked. 

“The fact that more than a third of patients are waiting more than four hours to see someone in the emergency department demonstrates the severe lack of care that Ms Berejiklian and her Government give to the Central Coast.

“Labor stands with the local nurses and patients who demand that the Berejiklian State Government finally employ more nurses in our emergency departments” Mr Mehan said.

Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch said, “The Liberal Government are playing politics with health funding and stretching our nurses to breaking point. Cuts to health aren’t felt at the top, they’re felt in every ward and every bed”

“Our nurses just want to get on with the job and care for the Coast, but this government is making it impossible for them to give the time and attention each patient deserves” Ms Tesch said.

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