Elective surgery waiting lists to blow out amid COVID-19

Davida Erdahl

All non-urgent elective surgery has been cancelled so hospital beds can be freed up for patients suffering coronavirus.

But ironically as the waiting lists balloon, hundreds of hospital beds in the private sector are laying idle — leaving both private and public patients facing lengthy waits for surgery.

Orthopaedic surgeon and former West Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid said he had not performed a single operation for two weeks and some private hospitals were functioning at just 15 per cent capacity.

Waiting times for elective surgery were already at record highs but a new analysis by consultancy firm MST Marquee is predicting they will double if the surgery ban lasts three months.

The number of patients waiting for surgery will also jump from 300,000 to more than 425,000.

Public and private hospitals would need to work around the clock and open on weekends to clear the backlog.

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