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NSW hospital waits shrink despite more patients

NSW hospital waiting times have dropped despite more patients, new data shows.

About 636,000 people were admitted to emergency departments between October and December, up 3 per cent on the same period a year earlier, the Bureau of Health Information stated. Yet the total time patients spent in emergency departments was the shortest recorded in any equivalent period during the last five years.

Across NSW, 73 per cent of patients left emergency departments within the benchmark of four hours, up from 71 per cent a year earlier.

The NSW health minister, Jillian Skinner, was pleased with the results, but said there was room for improvement at western Sydney hospitals such as Westmead and Blacktown.

Listen below to hear from Alison Verhoeven, the chief executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

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