Canberrans waiting longest in country  


Under the ACT Labor-Greens Government, Canberra patients continue to wait longer than anywhere else in the country for emergency hospital treatment, Shadow Minister for Health Giulia Jones said today.

The latest Report on Government Services by the Productivity Commission has revealed that once again the ACT is at the bottom of the pack.

Just 48% of patients presenting to our emergency departments are treated on time, compared to a national average of 74%. Of patients requiring ‘urgent’ care, just 34% are treated on time.

“The latest report on government services shows once again that Labor and the Greens have failed to deliver the emergency hospital care befitting of the nation’s capital,” Mrs Jones said.

“These national reports show time and again that under Labor and the Greens, Canberrans wait longer than anywhere else in the country for emergency hospital care.

“It’s frightening to think that just 34% of patients requiring urgent care are treated on time,” Mrs Jones said.

These poor performance figures come just weeks after it was revealed that expansions to the Canberra Hospital have been further delayed and that the ACT will soon run out of hospital beds.

“For a government that’s been in power for 20 years, this simply isn’t good enough,” Mrs Jones said.

“Labor and the Greens are letting down our community, and they’re letting down our tireless, committed health workers,” Mrs Jones concluded.