Elective Surgery Cancelled

Elective Surgery Cancelled

Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Health Matt Conlan

Extra Money Doesn’t Mean Outcomes

Victor P Taffa

Territorians are entitled to know why, just weeks after the Health Minister announced record funding for Royal Darwin Hospital, some patients have had elective surgery cancelled and there are reports the beds are full.

Shadow Health Minister, Matt Conlan, said the money spent at the hospital isn’t matched by outcomes.

“Despite the additional funding, despite the hard work of the staff and despite the Health Minister’s hype, the condition at Royal Darwin Hospital remains critical.” Mr. Conlan said.

“The hospital generally operates at or near capacity, but it’s unacceptable that elective surgery has to be postponed.”

“For the patients and their families, the last minute cancellation of elective surgery can be extremely upsetting.” Mr. Conlan said.

The latest Australian Medical Association figures show that only about 57% of elective surgery patients in the Territory are seen within the recommended 90 day time-frame.

“The Government needs to expand its links with the private hospital to increase the number of acute care public hospital patients it treats, with a view to freeing existing beds at Royal Darwin.” Mr. Conlan said.