Emergency waiting times come down

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SIMON Corbell says ACT public hospital waiting times and timeliness in our emergency departments has continued to improve during the past six months despite record numbers of presentations, according to the latest ACT Health Services Quarterly Performance Report.

“The performance report released today showed the ACT Government was committed to providing quality healthcare services to Canberrans,” Simon said.

“Despite significant increases in presentations to our emergency departments our waiting times for treatment improved by 4 per cent compared with the previous corresponding period.

“At the same time we have reduced our overall median waiting time in our emergency departments from 43 minutes in the first half of 2014-15 to 39 minutes in the corresponding period in 2015-16.

“The report shows demand in our emergency departments increased by 2.5% to 67,236 presentations in the first half of 2015-16. In addition, the number of admissions to hospital via ED increased by 6% to 19,165.

“While it is pleasing to see this improvement in timeliness the government expects to see further improvements through workplace reform and infrastructure investments like the $23 million expansion to Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department.”

For more information on the latest ACT Health Services Quarterly Performance Report visit health.act.gov.au.

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