Decline in ED patients seen is an embarrassment for Labor

In the 17 years that the ACT Labor Party has been in government, there has been a steady decline in the number of emergency department patients seen within the recommended waiting time, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said.
The AMA’s 2018 Public Hospital Report Card showed only 50 per cent of Triage Category 3 ED patients in ACT public hospitals were seen within the recommended waiting time in 2016-17. This has declined from almost 75 per cent in 2002-03.
On the National Triage Scale, Triage Category 3 is reserved for patients requiring urgent medical attention. Nationally, the percentage of Category 3 ED patients seen was 66 per cent.
“In Canberra, fewer patients are getting urgent medical attention when they need it,” Mrs Dunne said.
“In 2001, the Labor Party inherited healthy public hospitals that performed well.
“But successive Labor governments have failed to fit the community with reliable health services.
“This report is embarrassing. Worse, it provides no hope to people in Canberra who have, or will at some point require urgent medical attention in our public hospitals.
“It can’t be easy for Canberra’s ED medical professionals to work under constant demand, with little support from the government. I applaud them for their continued efforts.
“After 17 years in government, it’s clear that the Labor Party lacks the will to improve our health system,” Mrs Dunne said.