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Katy wants a star for effort

By johnboy 14 December 2012 22

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.

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.”

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460cixy 8:43 pm 15 Dec 12

The only reasion it took 15 mins to fix old mates finger was because the boat had well and truly sailed on trying to re attach it in the first hour of it being removed

miz 4:26 pm 15 Dec 12

Just for info (seeing as some posters have expressed doubt as to why she presented to emergency), first my daughter’s boyfriend took her to the walk in centre. They referred her up to emergency. As already stated, she finally left without knowing the cause of the abdominal pain – possible ectopic pregnancy, possible appendicitis. She could hardly walk. Sure, she could simply have been constipation, but similarly, she could have had a twisted bowel, ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis. In the end, TCH gave her enough strong pain medication in the waiting room for her to be able to walk out of there after six hours. We tried to get her into a GP next day, but there were nix appointments available. She was reluctant to return to emergency as she had ‘got the message’ that it would be another 6 hour wait- she preferred to ‘drug up’ and promised me she would ring an ambo if she needed to. Lucky for her, her symptoms settled two days later, but how on earth could this be known on the night she presented to the hospital? We still don’t know the cause of her symptoms and are anxious about a recurrence. Surely in a country like Australia things should be better than this.
If you watched ’24 hours in emergency’ on SBS, which is a live doco from UK, you would see that they are doing way better in the UK than we do here.

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