'Doctors could have predicted every flu season since 2007'

Thanks to a constant barrage of shocking media stories, it should come as no surprise that Australia is nearing the end of one of the worst flu seasons on record.

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NSW Health says that ED presentations have jumped 8% in the past four months as a result.

And with no equivalent rise in ED staff, patients have been forced to wait 24 minutes on average before receiving treatment — an increase of three minutes on last year.

But what if hospital administrators had known in May exactly how bad the season would be in the months that