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John Hunter Hospital Under Enormous Pressure

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the Government to fix the crisis facing the Emergency Department at the John Hunter Hospital.

Patients in NSW hospitals are facing long wait times in emergency departments with data from the Bureau of Health Information listing John Hunter Hospital as one of the worst performers.

The John Hunter Hospital saw 35 per cent of patients wait for more than four hours in the October to December 2016 reporting quarter, well above the state average.

Statewide, 25.7 per cent of patients waited longer than four hours in emergency departments.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“Patients at the John Hunter Hospital have some of the longest waits in emergency departments in Australia – with up to 35 per cent waiting longer than four hours in emergency departments.”

“Sadly these are not just numbers, they have a human face. They are thousands of mothers, fathers, children and grandparents who rely on the health and hospital system.”

“The Premier is allowing patients in NSW to wait at every stage. They wait for an ambulance. They wait outside hospital to get into the emergency department. They wait for a hospital bed and then they are rushed out of the hospital before they are fully recovered.”

“These figures clearly show the health and hospital system at the John Hunter Hospital is under enormous pressure and is just not coping.”

“The Government is ignoring the hard working paramedics, nurses, doctors and other allied health professionals who are in under-resourced hospitals.”