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Surgery Wait lists Shrinking with New Plan


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South Australians who have been waiting for surgery at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals should be expecting shorter wait times as a new program begins.

The Elective Surgery Reduction Strategy at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network has lowered patients waiting for surgery by more than 800 operations in the past two months. The program has helped manage previous waiting list numbers and bed capacity.

"We're expecting that more than 800 overdue patients at CALHN will receive their surgery by the end of June.” Health Minister Stephen Wade said.

"In the past 10 weeks, 951 people have come off the overdue waitlist ... 957 people remain on the overdue list, down 50 per cent from 1908 on March 20," Mr Wade said. 

What this means is that they move patients to independent surgeries to go under the knife.

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