26 May, 2024
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The Member for Liverpool, Charishma Kaliyanda, has welcomed the 100% reduction in the planned surgery waitlist at Liverpool Hospital, which now sits at zero.

This milestone local achievement is part of the 85% slash in NSW’s overdue planned surgery waitlist since the NSW Government’s Surgical Care Governance Taskforce was first established in March 2023, according to the latest BHI data.

The taskforce, established in the early days of the NSW Labor Government, has seen over 12,000 less people waiting for an overdue procedure.

The most recent Bureau of Health Information Healthcare Quarterly reported 83.6% of all planned surgeries were performed on time in NSW public hospitals during the October to December quarter in 2023.

NSW public hospitals performed 59,422 planned surgeries during this time, with 99.5% of the urgent planned surgeries performed on time.

Locally, there has been outstanding results at Liverpool Hospital with a 100 per cent reduction in overdue surgeries since March when the Taskforce was first established. Across this timeframe the number of locals waiting longer than clinically recommended for surgery decrease from 804 to zero individuals as at the December 2023 quarter.

One of the ways the taskforce was able to achieve these results was by expanding the category of procedures eligible for same day surgery. These include hernia repair; gallbladder removal; tonsil removal; deviated septum surgery; and sinus surgery.

The surgical care taskforce is one of a range of measures the NSW Government is using to take pressure off our hospitals. Among these measures is rolling out 25 urgent care services across NSW, empowering pharmacists to prescribe certain medications, increasing the use of virtual care, and making it easier for doctors in regional health districts to work in both GP and hospital settings.

Quotes attributable to Member for Liverpool Charishma Kaliyanda:

“A year after launching the Surgical Care Taskforce in Liverpool, I am so pleased to see the waitlist for planned surgeries at Liverpool Hospital slashed to zero. This is great news for South-West Sydney residents who rely on Liverpool Hospital for care.

“The Surgical Care Taskforce has delivered quicker care to residents of Liverpool and surrounds. This is an outstanding result for our community.

“Liverpool Hospital is the largest hospital in South-West Sydney. This win is only possible because of the hard work of our doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff.”

Quotes attributable to Premier Chris Minns:

“One of the very first things I did as Premier was set up the Surgical Care Taskforce, so I am glad to see waitlist times moving in the right direction.

“Our healthcare system has been under incredible pressure in recent years, but we are committed to ensuring our public health services deliver the best possible health services for the community.

“There’s still more work to be done but I want to acknowledge the efforts of the taskforce – and the countless number of health professionals all over NSW – in ensuring people are getting the care they need as quickly as possible.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Ryan Park:

“Establishing the taskforce was one of the first things after we did after coming into Government and we’ve seen a remarkable turnaround.”

“There are close to 12,000 less people awaiting an overdue planned procedure, an achievement to be proud of and a testament to the taskforce’s commitment and effort to ensure the health system bounces back from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“None of this progress would be possible without the dedicated efforts of our clinicians and healthcare workers, who have worked so hard to perform so many procedures, as well implementing a wide range of innovative strategies, in order to see the wait list return to pre-pandemic levels.”



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