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Healthcare Accessibility Divides Sydney as Demands Rise

In Sydney, demand for health care continues to rise, followed by rapid growth and ageing of the population.

The city is expected to build the ability to meet increased demand for inpatient care, ambulatory care and care in the community.

On today’s episode of This Arvo In Sydney, host Sacha Barbour Gatt and LiSTNR investigation editor Clair Weaver discussed the city’s health accessibility, revealing a concerning divide between the eastern and western parts of Sydney.

Weaver has found that across the entire health system, where people live can make huge differences regarding ambulance wait times, surgery wait times, and experiences in the emergency department. 

Residents in Surry Hills and Randwick can expect median response times of 11 and 12 minutes for Priority One emergency. 

However, for those in Rouse Hill and Auburn Schofield, the median response times extend to 19 and 17 minutes.

If you arrive by ambulance, which means you are already in a pretty bad way, you’ll have a less than 59 per cent chance of being transferred from your paramedics to emergency department staff within 30 minutes of arrival at Liverpool Hospital,”

Weaver said.

NSW Premier Chris Minns has vowed to address the issues and “resuscitate the healthcare system”.

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His plans include recruiting new staff, eliminating wage caps, and initiating hospital upgrades, beginning with Fairfield, Canterbury, and Rouse Hill. 

NSW Health Minister Ryan Park said West and South Western Sydney would be the main focus in the next few years.

Western Sydney is a really big focus, and I have made it clear and made sure that it’s a big focus of New South Wales Health,”

Mr Park said.

I want to improve and enhance not only the services I deliver to those growing communities, but just as importantly, increasing the staff.”

Hosted by Sacha Barbour, This Arvo in Sydney is a 10 to 12 minute daily news podcast made just for Sydney! Listen now on the Listnr app.