NSW survey shows major healthcare concerns

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Many New South Wales (NSW) residents are worried about the healthcare system, according to a new survey by Johnson & Johnson.

While the performance of nurses and frontline staff rated highly, respondents were concerned about lengthening waiting times for elective surgery and disagreed with the decision to suspend non-urgent procedures during the latest Omicron COVID-19 outbreak. 

More than 80 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed named healthcare as a major concern ahead of climate change, education, personal safety, jobs and unemployment. 

A similar number felt the healthcare system should be better resourced in future to allow elective surgeries to continue if another outbreak was to occur, while 90 percent said they would be extremely or quite concerned both for themselves and for their friends and family if an elective surgery was to be delayed by three months.  

“Elective surgery doesn’t mean unnecessary surgery – it includes essential procedures that remove cancers, alleviate pain and prevent deterioration of a patient’s condition,” said Sue Martin, Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson MedTech Australia and New Zealand, whose parent company commissioned the survey.

“These procedures get people moving, back to work and living a full and vibrant life again,” added Ms Martin, a former nurse. 

Research body McKell Institute CEO Michael Buckland said pausing non-urgent elective surgery would, in the long term, turn non-urgent health issues into urgent ones, leading to decreased health outcomes for patients and further strain on the healthcare system. 

For more information, see the full report

Johnson & Johnson is a Major Sponsor of the Australian Private Hospitals Association.

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