Hoping poll promise will ease pain

WAYNE Grice should have had his hip replaced last year.

The Riverside retiree says he is a category two - or semi-urgent - patient, meaning it is recommended he receive his elective surgery within 90 days.

Mr Grice has been waiting since May 2013.

The new state government promised $76 million for elective surgery during the election campaign, and also pledged to introduce ``separate streams'' of elective and emergency surgery.

A government spokesman said Health Minister Michael Ferguson would make an announcement on his plans for elective surgery next week.

Mr Grice said he wasn't convinced the additional funding would make a great difference, but he hoped it would.

He said he spent every day house-bound and in pain, waiting for the phone to ring, but had so far received no indication of when he could expect his surgery.

``We went to the hospital seven weeks ago for a pre-op, and you'd think within three or four weeks you would be in there,'' Mr Grice said.

He said he struggled daily with simple things like walking, sitting down, getting up after sitting, showering and putting his shoes on.

``To go from here to town is a pain, to go and do the grocery shopping is a day's work really, and just to mow the lawns, it kills me,'' Mr Grice said.

``What can you do? You can do nothing, you can't go nowhere . . . I take 25 tablets a day just to keep me upright, and the government is subsidising me on all of these.''

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