Surgery waiting lists slashed

By EMMA CORNFORD and ZOE SATHERLY

THE number of people waiting more than 12 months for surgery at Grafton Base Hospital has dropped significantly in the past year, statistics reveal.

In June 2004 there was a waiting list of 128 patients; this year at the end of June there were just 22.

A North Coast Area Health Service spokesperson said the 83 per cent decrease could be attributed to an enhanced focus on the areas of concern.

"The significant areas of focus were ophthalmology, where the waiting list dropped from 87 to one, and ear, nose and throat surgery, where it dropped from 41 to 21," he said.

North Coast Area Health Service chief executive officer, Chris Crawford, said he was pleased to see major inroads being made into surgery waiting lists.



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