Hanson Calls For Inquiry Into Emergency Department Waiting Times

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson will today call for an Auditor-General’s inquiry into the ACT’s emergency department waiting times. Mr Hanson said today that the most recent report on emergency department waiting times revealed that waiting times have again deteriorated in every category and we need to take every avenue possible to rectify this.

“The latest figures show that only 42 per cent of patients requiring urgent treatment and 44 per cent of patients requiring semi-urgent treatment were seen on time,” Mr Hanson said.

“The lack of access to the emergency department is having a huge impact on many Canberrans health.

“In June 2010 the Canberra Liberals requested the Auditor-General conduct an audit of ‘Waiting Lists for Elective Surgery and Medical Treatment’ and consider as part of the audit concerns raised about the management of elective surgery.

“The Auditor-General’s report found significant failings with the management of elective surgery and made a number of recommendations. Since that report there has been progress.

“It is clear that only external assistance will be able to improve the waiting times in our emergency departments, and this is why I am calling on the government to agree to an inquiry.

“For six years Katy Gallagher has been saying that she will improve emergency department waiting times, and for six years they have only become worse,” Mr Hanson concluded.