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Colonel Hanson declares “war” on hospital waiting lists

By johnboy - 17 October 2012 5

The long awaited list of Liberal promises on health (at one page a bit light be called a policy document) is finally with us:

“A Canberra Liberals Government will get Canberra’s health system back on track by injecting $224 million towards:

— Delivering 5,500 more elective surgery operations over the next four years

— Providing 60 additional general inpatient beds at Calvary Hospital

— Adding 15 ‘bed equivalents’ for the Calvary Hospital in the Home program

— Adding two critical care beds at Calvary Hospital

— 40 new general inpatient beds at the Canberra Hospital

— Additional 12 ‘bed equivalents’ for the Canberra Hospital in the Home program

— Six new intensive care beds at the Canberra Hospital.

Mr Hanson said the Canberra Liberals’ health plan also includes two new urgent care clinics with doctors and nurses, a new sub-acute hospital, and increased support for GPs, chronic disease management and preventative health measures.

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Colonel Hanson declares “war” on hospital waiting lists
schmeah 4:51 pm 17 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

peitab said :

Hey Zed, what about showing the electorate some respect by releasing your health policy more than three days out? After all, you’ve had 11 years to develop one, but it looks like you cobbled this together over the last day or two.

I’d say any old cobbled-together Health policy is almost guaranteed to provide an improvement over the fraud and incompetence of the current mob’s.

Tell me about it, just the other day I went to ED with an ingrown toe-nail and had to wait 8 hours just to see a doctor .. Total incompetence!

dpm 2:40 pm 17 Oct 12

peitab said :

Also, I’m p*ssed off that such a major policy has only been announced three days out from the election. According to the CT, Zed Sesleja has defended this by saying, in relation to the amount of time allowed for Treasury to run the costings, “There’s not a moratorium on announcing policies in the last week”.

Hey Zed, what about showing the electorate some respect by releasing your health policy more than three days out? After all, you’ve had 11 years to develop one, but it looks like you cobbled this together over the last day or two.

I should also say, my annoyance also extends to any other party releasing policies so late.

I’d say any health-related policies announced today – by any side – are probably due to the CT poll showing the sample rated health issues highest, then education. You’ll notice Labor also announced a (small) health policy today too….
Anyway, I now await a few rushed education policies today/tomorrow!
Hahahaha!

HenryBG 1:31 pm 17 Oct 12

peitab said :

Hey Zed, what about showing the electorate some respect by releasing your health policy more than three days out? After all, you’ve had 11 years to develop one, but it looks like you cobbled this together over the last day or two.

I’d say any old cobbled-together Health policy is almost guaranteed to provide an improvement over the fraud and incompetence of the current mob’s.

peitab 12:42 pm 17 Oct 12

Also, I’m p*ssed off that such a major policy has only been announced three days out from the election. According to the CT, Zed Sesleja has defended this by saying, in relation to the amount of time allowed for Treasury to run the costings, “There’s not a moratorium on announcing policies in the last week”.

Hey Zed, what about showing the electorate some respect by releasing your health policy more than three days out? After all, you’ve had 11 years to develop one, but it looks like you cobbled this together over the last day or two.

I should also say, my annoyance also extends to any other party releasing policies so late.

peitab 12:32 pm 17 Oct 12

We’re going to need more than 5,500 extra elective surgeries over the next four years.

Numbers released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that in the ACT, 11,362 surgeries were removed from the elective surgery waiting list for the reason that the surgeries were conducted in 2011-12. Over the same 12 months, 13,314 surgeries were added to the elective surgery waiting list.

If this trend continues over the next four years (and there’s no real reason to suspect it won’t), we’ll need 8,000 more elective surgeries to maintain the elective surgery waiting list at its current length.

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