ACT does badly in AMA hospital report card.

johnboy 12 November 2008 78

The Shadow Minister for Health, Jeremy Hanson, is jumping all over today’s AMA report card on public hospitals:

    ““The ACT remains last in the country for attending to Emergency Department patients within the recommended time. The ACT Emergency Departments’ performance on this measure has plummeted under the Stanhope Government since 2002, from top of the league to the bottom.

    “Category Two elective surgery admissions are also the worst in Australia with our hospitals admitting less than half the number of patients within the recommended time. This is well below the AMA’s recommendation that 90% of elective surgery patients be seen within recommended times.

    “In addition, total elective surgery admissions rate equal last in Australia, so there is very little good news for the ACT when it comes to these fundamental health outcomes.” Mr Hanson said.”

[ED – Note to Zed, highlighting issues like this is what oppositions are supposed to do, you might want to try it sometime.]

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caf caf 4:32 pm 12 Nov 08

Note that Smyth’s release there doesn’t actually say there will be a budget deficit, housebound. It just dances around and tries to imply it, with the only bit of data provided being Access Economics’ prediction that construction is likely to slow (hardly a surprising prediction in itself).

jimbocool jimbocool 4:25 pm 12 Nov 08

Having had my very first ever visit and stay at hospital earlier this year I have to say that I was surprised that the reality was very different to what I was expecting as an avid reader of ACT Horror Hospital Stories. The (Calvary)emergency ward was actually pretty amazing once I was in (and I only had to wait an hour or so before seeing a doctor, triage nurse had given me some drugs prior so the wait wasn’t too bad). Drips inserted, pathology samples taken and analysed, whisked off to X-Ray, regularly informed of progress (or lack thereof) and eventually admitted – by that stage nicely medicated on morphine so not too fussed. Other parts of the hospital were less good – CDU was OK, main ward was pretty ordinary – but ED looked like it had had a lot of money, time and effort put into making it work.

housebound housebound 4:19 pm 12 Nov 08

It must be get Katy day: http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?id=447&nav_cat_id=&nav_top_id=55

This whole budget deficit is shades of 2006, when the ACT finances were so, so bad. What has Stanhope etc got in store for us in 2009?

Whatsup Whatsup 4:07 pm 12 Nov 08

tom-tom said :

this reports actually pretty interesting, note for instance that while mr hanson as brought attention to elective waiting times being poor he fails to mention they’ve actually improved over the last year.

If elective waiting times have improved to a level described as ‘poor’ instead of being ‘atrocious’ then the Government should be celebrating… should they ? Do you really expect Mr Hanson to offer praise, he is in opposition after all. Lets be bold and expect our waiting times to at least be described as ‘average.’

housebound housebound 3:45 pm 12 Nov 08

I think you’ll find the funding goes onto new buildings and administration. Talk to the nurses and they’ll quickly tell you that not much has improved on the frontline.

poptop poptop 3:43 pm 12 Nov 08

The Report also only reports to 2006/07 – [sarcasm]obviously the ACT Government has made HUGE strides in improving the situation since then [/sarcasm]

The issue with the recurrent funding is always put down to economies of scale and the ACT’s lack thereof. There is probably some truth in that.

Dante Dante 3:32 pm 12 Nov 08

I can’t believe she hung onto the Health portfolio… think I should plan that move to Melbourne sooner than later to improve my quality of life.

tom-tom tom-tom 3:31 pm 12 Nov 08

this reports actually pretty interesting, note for instance that while mr hanson as brought attention to elective waiting times being poor he fails to mention they’ve actually improved over the last year.

the stat i really find interesting is that the ACT ranks number 2 in terms of recurring hospital funding per person yet the waiting times are so poor ( the same could be said of NT which ranks number 1). these stats and the relation between the two suggests to me that its not a lack of funding or effort thats leading to this but something else. maybe our patients are just sicker than the average? or our doctors more cautious?

housebound housebound 3:25 pm 12 Nov 08

We’ve just been through an election. You’d expect the other side to have some idea of what should have been done already, and possibly even what they were giong to do about it.

Even though it wasn’t advertised, it’s not like this wasn’t known before today.

On reflection, the Green third side is very quiet.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:24 pm 12 Nov 08

All I can say is lucky for us all that Katy is now also in charge of the territory’s finances, because now she can employ more spin doctors to say that all is well in the ACT health system.

johnboy johnboy 3:08 pm 12 Nov 08

housebound said :

Sorry for double-post – but the libs press release doesn’t actually say anything. Maybe Hanson is too new to the job to be fully across details – like facts and policies.

And what did the Libs propose?

Katy’s got the department, solutions are meant to be her job.

housebound housebound 2:57 pm 12 Nov 08

Sorry for double-post – but the libs press release doesn’t actually say anything. Maybe Hanson is too new to the job to be fully across details – like facts and policies.

And what did the Libs propose?

housebound housebound 2:55 pm 12 Nov 08

Katy will issue a press release about how it’s all ok and re-announce some expensive grand initiative that contains all the right words and a big building, but will not actually address the issue … And she’ll attack the messenger.

Oops, that was the election campaign …

What will she do now?

Thumper Thumper 2:50 pm 12 Nov 08

We have hospitals?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:44 pm 12 Nov 08

Katy will deny there is a problem, deny there is a doctor shortage, deny we have waiting time blowouts, deny that the ACT actually has hospitals, say it’s not her fault, Zed did it.

Thumper Thumper 2:37 pm 12 Nov 08

It would all be funny except that she’ll be the next CM

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 2:35 pm 12 Nov 08

Mr Evil said :

Surely this can’t be true – Katy said everything was alright before the election?????

Watch Katy squirm out of responsibility for the current situation.
She always was, and always will be… the Minister Never Responsible.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:29 pm 12 Nov 08

Surely this can’t be true – Katy said everything was alright before the election?????

sepi sepi 2:26 pm 12 Nov 08

The photos of the patients being treated in the hallways of Canberra Hospital were on the front page of the paper, but nothing changed.

What can Canberrans actually do to get an improvement?

The Feds don’t care about us either – we didn’t even qualify for one of their mega GP centres, despite having the worst access to GPs in the country.

deezagood deezagood 2:09 pm 12 Nov 08

No surprises here. Still can’t fathom that Canberrans accept this level of health care from their government.

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