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post Dec 29 2008, 11:17 AM
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Elective Surgery Perth - hospital waiting lists reduction

The Western Australian Government will spend an extra $30million in the next two years to reduce public patient waiting times for elective surgery. Health Minister Dr Kim Hames said the WA Government would honour its election commitment to help ensure no patient had to wait longer for their medical procedure than clinically desirable. In its first 100-days the Liberal-National Government invested an immediate $10million to reduce public hospital waiting lists. November figures (week ending November 23) showed there were 13,239 patients waiting for their surgery at public and privately managed public hospitals - 1,428 of these cases were ‘over boundary’, where patients had waited longer than was clinically desirable for their surgery.

“Some patients have been waiting too long to have their operations performed and we need to keep working to make sure this doesn’t happen by shortening elective surgery waiting times,” Dr Hames said. “This initiative will help more people get their surgery done earlier and, after this Government’s first two years of office, no patient will wait longer than clinically desirable to have their surgery done.” The Health Minister said the money would be spent at Perth and country hospitals to help reduce wait times for patients on both Perth metropolitan and regional elective surgery waiting lists. He would also establish an independent Elective Wait List Advocate Committee, to make information about waiting lists more transparent and accessible for patients across Western Australia. The committee will review and advise on the elective surgery waiting lists and follow up patient’s complaints if they have not been resolved by individual health services. It is proposed that the committee will include independent medical advisors and consumer/community representatives.

Terms of reference had been drafted for the committee and the first meeting will be held early in the new year. The Health Minister said the $30million investment showed the State Government was committed to reducing the time people were waiting for surgery. “This additional funding from the State Government will continue to boost the capacity of public hospitals to perform more surgery and see the numbers of people who are waiting too long for surgery continue to decrease,” the Health Minister said.

Throughout 2008, Western Australian public hospitals have increased the numbers of operations being performed, with the aid of $15.4million funding from the Commonwealth Elective Surgery Blitz program.


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post Jan 19 2009, 08:44 PM
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Elective surgery wait lists will be made more transparent with the State Government formally establishing a new Elective Wait List Advocate Committee. Health Minister Dr Kim Hames announced in Perth a new six-member committee would be established, honouring the Government’s election commitment to set up an independent advocate to oversee elective surgery wait lists. Dr Hames said the committee would have the responsibility of publishing transparent waiting list data, making wait lists more accessible to patients and the Western Australian public. “The committee will review and advise on the elective surgery waiting list and follow up patient’s complaints if they have not been resolved by individual health services. It will also identify areas of high demand within the health system and work together with hospital and department managers to ensure patients have their surgery scheduled appropriately. We are committed to reducing the time people have to wait for surgery.” The Minister said the committee would be led by distinguished neurosurgeon Professor Bryant Stokes as committee chair and would include independent medical advisors, two community appointees, one consumer representative and one Department of Health representative. The committee will be empowered to intervene on behalf of public patients who have been waiting for their operation over the clinically appropriate time, or who have been waiting longer than three months to be placed on a surgical waiting list,” he said. “In the past, some patients have had to wait too long to have their operations performed and this committee will help to make sure this doesn’t happen. This new group, as part of our overall strategy, will ensure that more people get their surgery done earlier and that no patient has to wait longer than clinically desirable to have their surgery done.”

Dr Hames said the remaining members of the committee would be announced once they had formally accepted the invitation to participate. "I look forward to working with the committee members to ensure hospital wait lists are reduced and I have every confidence in the committee helping to achieve this,” the Health Minister said. The committee’s first meeting in Perth will be held in February.


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