Elective surgeries were heavily impacted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the NSW Government’s budget commitment of $408 million will see those surgeries fast-tracked across the State.
The funding boost brings the total commitment to reducing waiting times to almost $1 billion on top of the $2 billion invested in elective surgery annually.
The aim of the funding is to ensure that those patients that have had their elective procedures delayed can get faster access to high-quality surgical care in our public hospitals.
Improvements will also be seen in workforce numbers, with the additional funding resulting in the addition of 267 full-time equivalent staff to support current health workers as well as opening theatre lists at some hospitals on evenings and weekends.
Additional staff will include doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with the NSW Government’s commitment to a record workforce boost of more than 10,000 full-time equivalent staff across the health system.
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