Health Minister Katy Gallagher would have us believe that the report card is straight A’s:
- The latest hospital statistics show the ACT Government’s continued investment in the public health system is paying off, with significant improvements across a range of measures despite our hospitals being busier than ever, ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, said today.
The Minister said the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australian Hospital Statistics 2007-08 showed record levels of elective surgery in the ACT, improvements in bed numbers and average costs, and more timely services being provided in our emergency departments.
“These results have been achieved despite a seven percent increase in activity in ACT public hospitals in 2007-08 and a rate of usage of public hospital services almost 18 percent higher than the rest of the nation.
“This shows the community has great confidence in the ACT public hospital system,” Ms Gallagher said.
The ABC on the other hand has noted a different item to headline:
- Elective surgery waiting times in the ACT are more than double the national average.
The latest hospital snapshot from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows the median wait for Canberra patients is 72 days.
The national median wait for last financial year was 34 days.
We await the Liberals’ thoughts on the numbers.
UPDATED: Jeremy Hanson has fired off a predictable but no less telling response:
- “Since Labor has been in power in the ACT we have slid from being amongst the best performing health systems to amongst the worst in a range of performance indicators, in particular our emergency department waiting times.
“If you are being admitted into hospital through our emergency departments, you can expect to wait on average, over 10 hours. This is a worrying number for Canberra families.
“A median elective surgery waiting time in the ACT is 72 days compared to a national average of only 34 days. The next worst performing median waiting time is only 43 days.