Why Are the Waiting Times in Public Hospital Emergency Departments so Long? What Contributes to This? What Are We Doing Too Address This Problem?

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Jasmin Charles: Essay Why are the waiting times in Public hospital emergency Departments so long? What contributes to this? What are we doing too address this problem?

Waiting times in public hospital have been a big issue in the media lately. Politicians addressing these issues and using them as a bargaining point in their campaigns by making promises to fix the current health care problem by extra funding or a re-form in the health care. Public health patients featuring in the media stating how long they have had to wait to get medical attention by a Dr or wait till a vacant bed arises. The pressure on the local, State and federal government, Doctors, Nurses and all staff to provide the public with a high quality, appropriate, safe, available & co-coordinated service to meet the needs of growing patient numbers in an acceptable time. With all of these issues, what are we really doing to fix it? In the premier’s 10/11 (1) health budget report, the NSW state budget increased by 8.6% from last year, that’s an extra 1.3 billion dollars. In that same report “ The Premiers Message” she stated “ on April 10th a historical agreement was reached with the government”, she goes on to say “ combined with other funding, this brings the total funding for NSW health to 2.1 Billion over 4 years”, “ this funding means more beds, more timely planned surgery and better access to emergency treatment.” (2)In the last 5 years 3.5 Billion was invested in health facilities, almost every major hospital and emergency department has been either re-built or upgraded since 1995. This shows the state and federal government recognizes the issues and is making significant progress in finding an outcome. In 2010/2011 the overview of the priorities are; (3) “improving and maintaining access to quality healthcare in the face of increasing demands, target, meet and maintain a bench bar for timely access to Emergency departments and surgical treatment and reduce the incident...
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