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Emergency waiting time failure

Posted by: 2UE | 14 December, 2012 - 8:02 AM
Emergency department

A lack of beds is being blamed for almost half of metropolitan hospitals failing to meet national targets.

The National Health Perfomance Authority has found hundreds of ER patients aren't being treated within the recommended timeframe, with seven of the worst 10 offenders in New South Wales.

Steve Hambleton from the Medical Association has told Stuart Bocking there's no quick fix to the problem.


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The state government is confident our public hospitals will lift their game, as new figures show many are failing to meet national targets.

Seven of Australia's worst perfomers are in New South Wales, including at Liverpool, where only 36 per-cent of emergency patiets are seen to within four hours.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner says work is underway to identify and fix the problems.


Tanya Plibersek, Federal Health Minister, speaks with John Stanley and Kath Robinson on the release of the National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance and the time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12. 


New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner speaks with 2UE's Tim Webster and Tracey Spicer and says other states have had a head start on meeting emergency department targets.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • @Hi there Terrence, with firm reason intelligent Australians are not interested in lying misfits Labor who are seriously mismanaging Australia. This is called common sense mate. Therefore the only viable and hopeful choice they have is Liberal. Clearly rusted on rabid Labor voters are a dead loss and counter productive to Australia's best interests. Sabotaging Labor are obviously finished and will not let go of their power trip, till they rightly get kicked out on their very last day! There really must be a Royal Commission to delve right into corrupt Labor who evidently hate Australia with a deep rooted vengeance. These dirty white anting Labor cockroaches need to be flushed out with appropriate subsequent action.

    Alicia Monday 17 December, 2012 - 7:01 PM
  • With all the money we are sending off shore in foreign aid it would be either cheaper or easier to catch a plane and go to say the Philippines or Indonesia.
    Just go where our money goes!

    Peter Monday 17 December, 2012 - 12:15 PM
  • @Justin J. Look around mate it isnt hard to see we are already living in a third world country.

    Robert Monday 17 December, 2012 - 11:15 AM
  • You are right Justin this is just and outright manipulation of Labor trying to weaken and bring into dispute the credentials of the Electrol commision should resist this legislation on the grounds that it would pollute the electoral roles something the Electrol Commision should avoid as part of thier charter. Coalition voters should go to various polling booths and make sure that no one else has voted on thier behalf and if so then bring it to the intention of the scrutineers.

    Ivan Monday 17 December, 2012 - 10:13 AM
  • Thats no different to fifteen years ago. Boy the state labour government really screwed things up.

    Robert Sunday 16 December, 2012 - 11:27 AM
  • Well finally Lieberal stooges have come to realise that this govt is not going away before the election. Until now they have all been dreaming that the govt will fall any day; which is why all their efforts and time were spent on personal attacks, abuses, and lies, lies and lies. Now that these have spectacularly collapsed, they realise there is no escape from an election. But Phony has not prepared any policies yet. The only thing he is trying to pass off as polices is a collection of some low quality speeches he gave at various times. There are no policies, only dreams and lies. Also, now he has to defend himself and his bunch of incompetents about their involvement in trying to bring down a govt through the Slipper conspiracy - another one that backfired spectacularly. In the meantime, Australia is proving to the world what a sound economy we have and we are getting accolades for that from all over the world. The only people who donĂ¢??t like it are the Lieberal stooges.

    Terrence Sunday 16 December, 2012 - 7:35 AM

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