NSW Labor made health reform a key issue in the 2023 NSW state election, including a promise to address expanding elective surgery wait times.
NSW Health Minister, Ryan Park has recently stated his office has a plan to reduce delays and that it’s his “number one priority.” Park is confident that changes will come quicker than initially expected.
The pandemic has placed immense straight on the healthcare system, causing elective surgery wait times blow-out in New South Wales. As a result, many patients have been left waiting for essential surgeries outside clinically recommended times, creating a backlog of approximately 17,000 cases.
In an interview with Today, Park expressed his determination to bring the number of patients waiting outside the clinically recommended times down as quickly as possible. He stated that these surgeries are not simply cosmetic procedures but essential operations that people need to undergo.
Park stated he has a surgical task force in place and is working to ensure hospitals are being adequately staffed and resourced.