Shadow Minister for Health, Ryan Park and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Greg Warren have condemned the NSW Liberals and Nationals for secretly planning $1 billion worth of job cuts to the NSW hospital system.
Any cuts would have detrimental impacts to Western Sydney hospitals in particular, with staff at those hospitals already reeling from a lack of support and resources.
More and more patients continue to flood through the emergency department doors of Campbelltown, Liverpool and Nepean hospitals, however, the government has refused to hire an adequate amount of staff to cope with the increase in patients.
The latest Bureau of Health Information quarterly report (July-September 2019) showed only 54.6 per cent of patients at Nepean Hospital left the ED within the desired four hour period.
At Campbelltown Hospital, almost 600 more people were on the elective surgery waiting list compared to the period 12 months prior (an increase of almost 33 per cent).
Meanwhile at Liverpool Hospital, the median time for patients to leave the ED was a whopping four hours and 11 minutes.
“We are talking here about cutting the jobs of nurses, paramedics, allied health workers and people like cleaners and security guards without whom our hospitals simply cannot run,” Mr Park said.
“These are not jobs that we can afford to lose. Paramedics are already some of the most highly stressed people who are under enormous pressure.
“You ask your average nurse what they think about a reduction in staff.”
Mr Warren added: “You wouldn’t want to be a resident in Western Sydney who had to be admitted to an emergency department or was in need of elective surgery.”
“Staff at those hospitals do an admirable job given the lack of support and resources at their disposal.
“Western Sydney hospitals like Campbelltown, Liverpool and Nepean are in desperate need of more staff – not job cuts.”