The NSW Labor Opposition is calling on the NSW Liberals and Nationals to stop their $252 million cut to public hospitals across the state after the Australian Medical Association warned that hospitals across Australia were ‘stretched to the max’.
The AMA has said that a lack of investment in primary healthcare along with Australia’s aging population is putting enormous pressure on public hospitals across Australia, including in NSW. Emergency departments are particularly stretched, seeing more patients than ever before.
This follows reports from the Bureau of Health Information that found people across NSW were waiting longer for care in emergency departments. Median waiting times in EDs have increased by 3 hours across NSW, 1 in 10 patients in emergency spend more than an emergency room, and some patients in Western Sydney spent more than 18 hours waiting in EDs.
However, instead of making sure our public hospitals have the resources they need to take care of people, the Liberals cut $252 million from public hospitals across NSW in 2019-2020. In recent weeks leaked presentations have shown that the Liberals plan to continue to cut public health services by billions over the next decade, including by cutting workforce expenditure by 10 per cent.
Labor Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park said: “Our public health services are under more pressure than ever before. They need unconditional support from the Government, but the Liberals and Nationals are cutting them instead.”
“It’s time the Liberals and Nationals just admitted they were wrong on their massive cut to public health services. Enough with the ideology, just reverse these cuts. Our public hospitals and health workers need more support so they can take care of the community, not more cuts.”