Surgery waitlist tops 500,000 as doctors plea for urgent action

A ‘critical situation’ is unfolding with lists backlogged in the wake of pandemic measures, a group of key medical colleges say.
Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler.

Medical colleges are pleading for urgent action to cut public elective surgery waitlists, which they say have swelled to “critical” levels due to COVID-19 pandemic measures. 

An estimated half a million patients are waiting for surgery, according to the AMA, RANZCOG, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.