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With the election out of the way we can tell you just how bad the hospital is

By johnboy 30 November 2012 22

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is brandishing with some relish the newly released Canberra Hospital emergency department waiting times once the fraudulent data tampering is taken out of the frame:

ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher was forced today to table the shocking truth about the deceit perpetrated on Canberrans in regard to how long they are waiting in their emergency departments.

“Canberrans knew that over the last few years that they were waiting longer than ever in the emergency department for treatment,” ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Now it has been confirmed that they are waiting far longer than we thought, and far longer than anywhere else in the country.

Ms Gallagher was forced to correct thousands of patient records after widespread manipulation of data by a senior Health official was revealed earlier this year. This incorrect data on waiting times was used in a number of reports and statements by the Minister, and was revealed to be based on falsified records.

“These corrected reports show that Canberrans presenting to their emergency department for urgent or semi-urgent treatment have less than a 50 per cent chance of being seen within a clinically appropriate time.”

“Under this Health Minister, we have seen one of the greatest deceits in ACT history, and I will continue to hold her to account on this failing system. The release today of the corrected waiting times confirms that Ms Gallagher cannot be trusted to manage Canberra’s health system,” Mr Hanson concluded.

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crackerpants 10:03 am 14 Dec 12

pink little birdie said :

Ironically just past the canberra Hospital department is CALMS. They are only $20 ($90) more expensive than the regular dr ($70).
Though last time I was there I had a 9:30pm appointment and saw a dr at 11.30. (for gastro – not quite emergengy level but still needed to see a dr.

CALMS is an excellent service and I’ve used it twice with the littlies…but have been sent from there to ED both times. Yes it costs, but I’m happy to pay for the reassurance that we *should* be in ED, with all the trials and tribulations that that entails. HealthDirect is another great after hours service, but again, have often been advised to go to ED. The walk in clinic is an option now that both kids are aged over 2.

The ED has got more crowded and more disgusting each time I’ve been there – or so it seems to me. Trying to get a wee sample from a 4 year old in the one and only toilet in the ED ward, when there is poo smeared on the floor from the previous occupant, has left me sincerely wishing for a private ED in Canberra. My most recent experience, at 19 weeks, by myself and pretty scared, I couldn’t even get a seat – just belligerent stares from people “saving” seats for their friends. I scored a plastic kid’s stool eventually. Not a big deal, but not fun at the time either, and I’d happily pay for a more agreeable ED experience.

pink little birdie 9:37 am 14 Dec 12

Ironically just past the canberra Hospital department is CALMS. They are only $20 ($90) more expensive than the regular dr ($70).
Though last time I was there I had a 9:30pm appointment and saw a dr at 11.30. (for gastro – not quite emergengy level but still needed to see a dr.

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