ACT Still Worst On Hospital Waiting Times

Yet another national health report has been released showing the ACT is last again when it comes to emergency department and elective surgery waiting times in our hospitals. The Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare again demonstrates the failures of ACT Labor, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today.

“The AIHW report states that the percentage of patients whose ED visits were completed within four hours in 2013 was just 59.4. That’s well below the national average of nearly 71 percent,” Mr Hanson said.

“Unfortunately the story is similar for elective surgery waiting times. In the ACT we wait a median of 49 days for procedures, longer than any other state or territory. Patients are even forced to wait more than a year for some procedures.

“The unacceptable figures have been consistent for years now and demonstrate that the ACT Labor government has failed in its management of the Territory’s health system. The data manipulation scandal, doctors struggling with workloads and deteriorating performance times are by products of ACT Labor’s poor management.

“The Chief Minister needs to stop the excuses. With a budget of more than a billion dollars Canberrans deserve better,” Mr Hanson concluded.