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hese doctors have suddenly got a memo saying, we’re canceling your lists... it damages the morale of the doctor – it makes them wonder what they’re doing working in the public system, when they could be working in a much more efficient private system."

. "We’re seeing across the state an increase of over 10% in emergency surgery, and when you have more emergency surgery than you expect, you cancel elective surgery to make way for the critically ill patients so the patients that are on the elective list can be rebooked, but the emergency patients have to be seen straightaway... so we’ve also increased the amount of emergency capacity by 2 lists, so the net affect is about 4 lists per day and we’ve been losing 2-3 lists a day due to staff shortages."

Dr Flegg fails to see an improvement in staffing. "This time last year, they were blaming cancellations on lack of anesthetists, now they’re blaming nurses and anesthetic technicians, despite the fact that the government’s just spent a fortune telling Queen slanders they’ve got an extra 1200 clinical staff."

Queens land Health will now be sending elective cases that need to be carried out urgently to the private system. Mr. Mehan said, "We’ve made provision for the contracting out to private hospitals of these cases and that’s dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so where we see a patient that’s getting to a time that is unacceptable, those patients will be given the option to go to privatesector".


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