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August 20, 2013
Doctors warn of elective surgery delays
Source: 7news

Doctors say a deal between SA Health and the nurses' union does not address a growing need for more healthcare resources and infrastructure.

The Nursing and Midwifery Federation has reached an agreement with the department to ease overcrowding at the Flinders Medical Centre.

Measures include reducing the number of elective surgery cases and increasing patient turnover.

Discussions will be held today with staff at the Royal Adelaide Hospital to negotiate similar arrangements.

The president of the state's Salaried Medical Officers Association, Dr David Pope, says while the measures will help ease pressure on hospital staff, they are not in the best interest of patients.

"When you have health bureaucracy that fails to adequately plan and deliver for the demand that's there, then this is the sort of thing that has to happen just to deal with the day-to-day work loads," he said.

"The Health Department needs to realise that there's insufficient beds and capacity in the system to deliver all the health care that needs to be delivered.

"So either they're going to have to severely ration health care or we need more infrastructure to be able to properly deliver that care."



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