Four in five urgent Canberra Hospital patients not seen on time

Four in five Canberrans requiring urgent medical attention at the Canberra Hospital emergency department are not seen on time, according to the Canberra Health Services Half Yearly Performance Report.
In the financial year to December 2019, 80 per cent of urgent presentations to TCH emergency department were not seen on time.
Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said wait times in the emergency department are increasing alarmingly.
“Canberra used to have one of the best performing emergency departments in the country,” Mrs Dunne said.
“In 2001, more than 80 per cent of urgent patients were seen on time.
“But after 19 long years of a tired and lazy government, we now have the worst performing, yet most expensive, hospital in the country.
“Labor’s priorities are perversely wrong.
“The tireless and dedicated efforts of our hospital staff are coming to nothing because this tired government has not built the health service that this city needs.
“Canberra cannot afford four more years of a health system in crisis,” Mrs Dunne said.
Proportion of emergency department presentations at the Canberra Hospital that are treated within clinically appropriate timeframes:
Category

2019-20 (to December 2019)

Target

Resuscitation

100

100

Emergency

71

80

Urgent

20

75

Semi-urgent

37

70

Non-urgent

78

70

All presentations

38

70