The ABC has some first rate glitter rolling by Chief Minister Gallagher after her data manipulating staff at the health directorate failed to meet their targets for emergency room performance:
But Chief Minister Katy Gallagher believes the so-called reward money will be made available.
“They’ve actually looked at what we are doing to address the timeliness, the changes we are putting in place. They’ve been well aware of the issues around the emergency department this year and they have said that they will work with us,” she said.
Ms Gallagher says the data tampering scandal at the Canberra Hospital has hampered the Government’s efforts to meet the targets.
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A senior executive at the hospital manipulated emergency department waiting time figures between 2009 and 20012 to make them more favourable.
Ms Gallagher says the incorrect data disrupted the strategies to reduce waiting times.
UPDATE 14/12/12 11:54: Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement:
“Ultimately what we have seen under this government is a serious deterioration in the performance of our Emergency Departments in terms of timeliness. When ACT Labor took over the results were good, now 11 years down the track they are not.
“Katy Gallagher is there to provide a very important service to the community and I am concerned that she is not doing this effectively, there are a huge number of people often in pain and with complicated clinical issues that need attention waiting in our Emergency Departments, and over 90 per cent of these people are waiting over fourteen hours.
“When this issue first emerged Katy Gallagher said the doctored data had no impact on the performance of the Emergency Departments timeliness, now we hear her saying that it is because of the doctored data that patients are not being seen on time, which version is the truth?
“The reality is that in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department you will wait longer than just about anywhere in the country to be admitted to hospital.”