Tweed Hospital is one of the worst

THE Tweed Hospital emergency department treated less than half of patients suffering imminently life threatening injuries within 10 minutes during September this year.

A new report has rated all hospitals in New South Wales on meeting benchmarks in emergency room treatment times and Tweed Hospital treated just 49 per cent of people in the imminently life threatening category within 10 minutes.

Only two hospitals in the state fared worse in the category, a major metropolitan hospital in Wyong and Murwillumbah Hospital.

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has blamed huge budget cuts under a NSW Labor Government for putting patients at risk.

According to a press release by Mr Provest, the figures showed Tweed Hospital Accident and Emergency Department was falling “disastrously short” of national standards for the rapid treatment of emergency patients.

“The performance of the staff is definitely fantastic, but Labor’s cuts are a disgrace and they must be reversed before more patients die unnecessarily,” Mr Provest said.

“Official government figures show the hospital is now treating just 49 per cent of patients with imminent life threatening conditions within the ten minute benchmark.

“The only other regional hospital able to attend to less than half of this category of critical patients within ten minutes is Murwillumbah.”



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