The latest Productivity Commission Report on Public Hospitals does not have any statistics for the ACT on the proportion of emergency department patients seen within triage category timeframes. The Shadow Minister for Health, Vicki Dunne said today the ACT Government did not to supply the statistics by the due date in November 2016 and is the only Government that failed to do so.
“This reflects very poorly on the ACT Government,” Mrs Dunne said today.
“I find it hard to believe that more could not have been done to provide the data on time given we have just two public hospitals with emergency departments and states like NSW and Victoria have dozens.
“This Labor-Greens Government has an extremely poor track record on providing emergency department waiting figures on time. In 2012 the Auditor-General found that figures for emergency department waiting times were deliberately manipulated. When the figures were corrected, Canberrans learnt the shocking truth about how long they were really waiting for treatment.
“Today’s finding is particularly concerning as the ACT has performed poorly in the past on emergency department waiting times. The Productivity Commission’s 2016 Report showed the ACT had the lowest proportion of emergency department patients seen within triage category timeframes. I can only hope this has not worsened.
“The Health Minister needs to explain why the ACT missed this crucial deadline.
“Also in the interests of transparency, the Minister needs to make public the current emergency department waiting time figures that should have been submitted to the Productivity Commission,” Mrs Dunne concluded.