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Public Hospitals under pressure

first_imgPublic Hospitals under pressure Australian Medical AssociationDr Khorshid this week drew attention to our struggling public hospital system, telling media that there was “nothing” in the Budget to help our public hospitals. “Although, yes the Government is spending 45 per cent of the cost of running public hospitals, and they seem to think that absolves them of any responsibility for how they’re run, every State and Territory has public hospitals in crisis,” Dr Khorshid told the SMH. The AMA used its post-budget media interviews, as well as coverage in The Sunday Age, The Sun-Herald, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald to draw further attention for the need for a national fix of the funding and resourcing of our hospitals.Shadow Health Minister Mark Butler told media that issues including ambulance stuck in hospital emergency queues waiting to offload patients were rife throughout the country.Sadly, the effects of ambulance ramping were clearly delineated with the release of a report into the death of a young girl forced to wait two hours for treatment at a Perth hospital’s emergency department on Easter Saturday in April.Dr Khorshid told Sky News that if Australia’s biggest challenge going forward to open our borders was to resource our public hospitals which are struggling even without high numbers of flu, or COVID.“We have a public hospital system right now that is bursting at the seams, it is overrun with really sick Australians who can’t get in the front door, they’re ramped in ambulances outside hospitals.” /AMA/AusMed News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AMA, Ambulance, Australia, Australian Medical Association, Butler, Easter, Emergency, emergency department, Government, health, health minister, healthcare, hospital, Minister, Perth, spending, Sydney, treatmentlast_img read more