Elective surgery waiting lists in NSW have blown out to more than 100,000 people after non-urgent procedures were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data from the state’s Bureau of Health Information shows there were 101,026 patients on waiting lists on June 30 – up 20.1 per cent from the same day last year.

Of those, 10,563 had waited longer than the clinically recommended time – a massive rise from the 541 logged on the same day in 2019.

On March 26, the National Cabinet of state and territory leaders suspended all non-urgent elective surgery across Australia.

“A progressive reduction in the number of elective surgical procedures – including public procedures contracted to private hospitals – was evident from early March, before declining sharply from 26 March when all non-urgent elective surgery was suspended,” it said.

Then, from May 15, elective surgery procedures were gradually allowed under a three-stage reopening plan.

The NSW Bureau of Health Information’s quarterly report showed 23,305 fewer elective surgeries were performed between April and June as compared with the same quarter last year — a fall of 40 per cent.

Original Article published by The New Daily on the 16th September 2020. To read the full article click here.