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Susai Benjamin, Julia Finn and James Shaw

Labor Candidate for Seven Hills, Granville and Parramatta



Thursday 5 March 2015



Western Sydney patients are waiting too long in local hospital emergency departments due to the funding cutbacks of the Abbott and Baird Governments, Labor Candidates for Seven Hills, Granville and Parramatta said today.


Hospitals are required to treat emergency patients within 4 hours.


However, new data has revealed that at Westmead Hospital, half of all emergency patients are still waiting more than four hours for treatment. This is in breach of the four-hour national benchmark.


Emergency presentations in NSW hospitals are at an all-time high – 636,925 presentations – an increase of 18,595 over the previous quarter last year (up 3 per cent).

The data was published by the Bureau of Health Information in its report on hospital performance over the October-December 2014 quarter.

“With the Liberals in power at a federal and state level, this data shows Westmead Hospital is not coping,” Labor candidate for Seven Hills, Susai Benjamin said.

“Every minute counts in an emergency. Waits of more than fours hours at our local hospitals are unacceptable and show the funding pressure that staff are under,” Mr Benjamin added.


“Tony Abbott has cut $15 billion from NSW hospitals and Mike Baird has cut another $3 billion,” said Labor candidate for Granville, Julia Finn.


“Privatising our electricity network will deprive the State Budget of $1.7 billion in annual profits that currently funds schools and hospitals. Electricity privatization means more cuts and longer emergency waiting times,” Ms Finn added.


“Only Labor will protect Medicare, stand up to Tony Abbott and Mike Baird’s cuts and invest in hospitals.” said Labor candidate for Parramatta James Shaw.


The full data can be accessed at:



Media contact: James Shaw 0428 020 053, Paul Murphy (Seven Hills) 0439 672 911