Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:38

Health services critical in Western Sydney - WSROC report

Media Release August 20, 2012

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is calling on the Government to overhaul the distribution of health services across Sydney after new figures revealed a major inequity in the services available to the Western Sydney residents compared with other areas of the city.

 

“These figures show what Western Sydney residents have known for a long time – they are getting a raw deal when it comes to health,” Clr Alison McLaren said.

“We have far fewer hospital beds than the rest of Sydney and our waiting times for critical surgery are far longer.

“There is no reason why a woman with breast cancer in Liverpool has to wait three times as long for life-saving surgery as a woman in the north, east or inner west.

“And for men the situation is just as bad. A man with prostate cancer in Blacktown has to wait over four months for surgery while a man who attends RPA hospital waits less than two weeks for the same surgery.

“Every day wasted on a waiting list reduces a cancer patient’s chances of survival – so it is vital that Western Sydney residents get the same access to urgent health care services as people living in the east north and south, and inner west.

“And the situation is just as bad for so-called elective surgery, such as hip and knee replacements where waiting lists at Campbelltown and Fairfield Hospitals are over 300 days – that’s ten months - compared to just three weeks at St George or St Vincents hospitals.

Clr McLaren said a report by WSROC regarding the levels of other health services, such as hospital bed numbers and GP services had shown that Western Sydney lagged behind the rest of the city in these areas too.

“In Western Sydney we have one GP to service 1049 people, compared to one GP for every 754 in the rest of Sydney,” she said.

“We consistently wait longer in hospital emergency rooms, we wait longer on surgery waiting lists and when we do finally get in to hospital we have higher numbers of patients to nurses and other staff which can result in a lower quality of care.”

“Western Sydney residents deserve better than this. It’s time the NSW Government took a serious look at the imbalance of health services and acted to ensure that Western Sydney residents are not disadvantaged, and are given equal access to the basic health services that everyone else takes for granted.”

Clr McLaren said WSROC supported calls from health practitioners for the Government to consider offering incentives for GPs and other health practitioners to move to Western Sydney.

“We need to get those services into our region and the Government must look urgently at all possible ways to achieve that.”

To download a copy of the Report go to www.wsroc.com.au

 

 


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