Patients at increased risk from surgery delays

More patients are at increased risk of harm because of continued delays to elective surgery, Acting Shadow Health Minister Nicole Lawder said.
The number of people waiting longer than clinically recommended for elective surgery is expected to soar by 39.2 per cent, according to government documents obtained the Canberra Liberals under Freedom of Information laws.
It’s estimated that 521 people will have waited longer than clinically recommended in 2018-19, compared to 410 in 2017-18.
“More people in the ACT are suffering from delays to elective surgery,” Ms Lawder said.
“Andrew Barr and Rachel Stephen-Smith need to wake up to reality.
“An increasing number of patients are at risk of adverse health outcomes because they are not getting timely health care.
“The delivery of health care in Canberra is getting worse by the day because of Labor’s failure to manage health care,” Ms Lawder said.