The MyHospitals website is up and the Canberra Hospital listing makes interesting reading.
Essentially emergency there has higher than average waiting times for almost everything compared to the national average.
Thankfully they manage to get to the resus patients quickly 100% of the time. Others, not so quickly.
UPDATE: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson has leapt to the attack over these results:
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“Katy Gallagher has been Minister for nearly five years and it is time that she accepted responsibility for what by any fair comparison are the worst results in the nation. If these dreadful results were achieved in any other state then the Health Minister would be held to account.
“The fact is, Katy Gallagher simply is not been able to deliver the results that people of the ACT need and deserve. When the Labor government took over, average waiting times for elective surgery and emergency departments were far better than they are now. The staff are doing the best they can under very difficult circumstances, but have been let down by this government.
“The NSW Government and Reba Meagher used to be the benchmark for the worst performing jurisdiction and the worst performing health minister in Australia, but that dubious honour now rests with ACT Labor and Katy Gallagher,” said Jeremy.
FURTHER UPDATE: Katy Gallagher has welcomed the new site:
“The website shows that our public hospitals have an excellent record in treating the most urgent emergency department presentations (category one and two) and that improvements need to be made to reduce our elective surgery waiting times.”
The ACT Government has allocated $14.7 million over the four years to 2013-14 to increase access to elective surgery, particularly for people with extended waiting times.This funding will see our public hospitals provide record levels of access to elective surgery over that period, which will result in a significant improvement in waiting times for our community.
“There are a few factors that people need to consider when comparing hospitals on the new site. As the major trauma and tertiary referral hospital for the ACT and surrounding region, Canberra Hospital has to manage more complex and urgent cases than Calvary, which can result in a diversion of resources to respond effectively to emergencies. These different roles can have an impact on waiting times.”
“The people of Canberra can be sure that both of our public hospitals provide high quality care and have an excellent record in effectively responding to urgent patient needs,” the Minister said.