Canberra Hospital Emergency Department Waiting Times Still Getting Worse

According to the latest data released by the National Health Performance Authority, the ACT is still not meeting the set targets of patients being treated within four hours in our emergency departments. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said the new figures are alarming and Katy Gallagher needs to explain why these figures continue to get worse under 12 years of Labor management.

“For seven years now Katy Gallagher has been saying that she will improve emergency department waiting times, but for years we have only seen them get worse,” Mr Hanson said.

“The ACT Government set a target of 65 per cent of patients to be seen within the clinically recommended timeframe in 2013. In the first quarter of last year the Canberra Hospital reached 55 per cent but has now declined to just 53 per cent this year.

“Patients in the ACT are waiting far longer here than they would in any other state in the country.

“Only two days ago we saw evidence that Katy Gallagher knew that the nurse-led walk-in centre would create more work and pressure for our emergency departments yet she went ahead with the project anyway.

“Under Katy Gallagher’s management Canberrans have never waited so long to be treated in our emergency departments. I call on Katy Gallagher to explain why this is happening, and for once take responsibility for her failures,” Mr Hanson concluded.