‘Substantial work has gone in to developing this innovative model of care which aims to reduce pressures on other services such as emergency departments.’ (Katy Gallagher, media release, 12 May 2010)
‘Contrary to this rationale, the location of the ACT walk-in centre actually resulted in a ‘net increase in ED activity.’ (Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, page 176, 17 July 2013)
An independent review has revealed that Canberra’s nurse-led walk-in centre is increasing pressure on our Emergency Department despite Katy Gallagher claiming the opposite, said ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.
“What the report confirms is that the nurse-led walk in centre has in fact created more work for our ED not less. This increased pressure is one of the reasons that under ACT Labor, we now have the longest waiting times in Australia,” Mr Hanson said.
“The increased pressure on our ED may also have contributed to a senior ACT Health executive fabricating ED results on a massive scale to make them look better.
“The Canberra Liberals have repeatedly said that for a walk-in centre to work effectively it would have to include nurses and doctors and that the centre should not be located at the Hospital.
“Katy Gallagher has blamed doctors for this situation, but actually needs to take full responsibility for this latest failure in our health system, and for claiming it would take pressure off the ED despite all the evidence,” Mr Hanson concluded.