Technology should not replace nurses and doctors

New technology to improve deteriorating patient flow at the Canberra Hospital is welcomed but should not replace human systems, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. The Canberra Hospital is due to receive Electronic Patient Journey Boards to address chronic blockages in the hospital. “While I welcome and encourage innovation in…

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Mental health services under pressure

An external review into Canberra’s mental health services has identified areas of concern that I have been raising with the Green-Labor government for a very long time. As I have repeatedly stressed, there are chronic staff shortages in the Adult Mental Health Unit at The Canberra Hospital, underscored by increasing…

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Health Minister oversees worsening ED wait times

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris has not improved dangerously long waiting times at ACT public hospital emergency departments, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. Figures released by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine reveal excessive overcrowding at The Canberra Hospital is causing dangerously long waits for emergency department patients. In addition,…

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Labor and the Greens fail to act against animal cruelty

Labor and the Greens continue to turn a blind eye to vicious animal cruelty in Canberra suburbs, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder said. After a two week struggle to survive and $8,000 worth of surgery, “Biscuit”, the much loved 12-year-old family pet dog was euthanised. The little Jack…

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Radiology training at The Canberra Hospital under threat

The accreditation status for training future radiologists at The Canberra Hospital is under serious threat following multiple significant issues, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. Radiology was subject to an accreditation audit at the same time as the general audit of The Canberra Hospital in March this year. A health…

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Food Labels Provide More Clarity for Consumers

Australian consumers will now have more clarity and less confusion about the food products they buy. Consumers will now be able to look to the familiar kangaroo symbol for clear and accurate information on if the food was made, grown, produced or packed in Australia, or in another country, with…

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Barr must answer for property deals

Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s approval of land deals cannot go unanswered, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said. The Auditor-General recently handed down another scathing report on controversial lands deals that lack probity, accountability and transparency. In just one of the nine rural acquisitions highlighted in this audit, Andrew Barr…

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