At a party recently i was discussing the subject of the wait time in hospital waiting rooms with an off duty paramedic. He made an interesting comment that whilst most visitors get exceedingly frustrated at hospital wait times, patients in the waiting room are under constant medical observation.
At the time I thought it a far fetched claim and It seems that i’m not alone in my assumption with this article on ABC describing a 33 hour wait for a terminally ill patient, an experience also shared by others.
If our hospital emergency waiting rooms are indeed an observation room rather than a waiting room perhaps it might be prudent for our incoming government whomever they may be to name it as such? Of course this might require a duty of care rather than the current ‘let me know if you feel unwell’ approach.