I’ve worked in radio for more than 30 years.  I’ve done a lot of surveys.

One of the things I’ve learnt is that if you spend enough time sifting through the figures you can always find something positive from every survey….you can always find something negative.

It’s easy to get bogged down in stats isn’t it ?

Radio surveys and hospital waiting time figures have a fair bit in common.

Both us and the Canberra Times have found the local news agenda a little slow this morning.

The Canberra Times have decided to focus on the elective surgery waiting lists, which by and large and looking quite passable….but if you delve into them long enough you discover that some patients in Canberra are waiting 100 or so days longer than promised for some surgeries.

Overall, these figures don’t look too bad to me.

Share your experience with us if you have one.

Have a squizz at the Canberra Times story hereimage

They tell us that last year over 700 patients waited longer than recommended for elective surgery.

98% of those who needed urgent surgery were dealt with on time.  That’s a positive.

It looks clear that there are still some people waiting for longer than they should, but it doesn’t look diabolically bad to me.

Of course Jeremy Hanson is bleating about the numbers…that’s what he’s paid to do.

Jeremy said, “It’s important we remember these statistics are real people who are suffering and what can happen is that delays in surgery not only causes discomfort and pain but can lead to other complications”

Is it OK that most people are being dealt with in the recommended times, or should simply not accept a scenario where even one person’s surgery is delayed beyond the promised time frame.

Talk to me.