The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is taking a swing at the latest awful numbers coming out of the emergency department:
“Waiting times are worse in every category, worryingly 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.
“For six years Katy Gallagher has been saying that she will improve the ACT’s health system, and for six years we have seen our Emergency Department waiting times get worse, and now reach crisis point
– As Health Minister she created the toxic culture and political pressure that led to the ED data doctoring scandal that hid the looming crisis.
– As Health Minister she located the Nurse Led Walk in Centre at TCH despite ACT Health’s ED Strategy warning this would cause increased presentations and pressure at ED.
– As Health Minister she has failed to adequately increase the capacity of our hospital system.
“Not only are we likely to miss out on $800,000 in Commonwealth funding but waiting longer for emergency treatment and longer for admission to hospital can result in adverse clinical results for patients.