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Transforming Health hits Emergency Departments

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report Emergency Department care: 2016-2017 Australian hospital statistics shows the performance of South Australia’s Emergency Departments is the worst of all Australian States and getting worse by the year.

“The alarming decline in the performance of South Australian hospital Emergency Departments shows the harm done by the Weatherill Government’s Transforming Health budgets cuts,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“While the Weatherill Government was closing three hospitals, and downgrading the emergency departments in another three hospitals, the time patients were waiting to be treated continued to increase.

“The Weatherill Government’s deceitful claim that it could cut the level of services provided at the Modbury Hospital, TQEH and Noarlunga Hospital without impacting patient care has been exposed by today’s report.

“In terms of ED presentations seen on time, we are the equal worst performing State – just 66 per cent of cases are seen on time compared with the national average of 73 per cent.

“While the national rate is stable, our rate has fallen by 11% since 2012-13.

“In relation to the ‘Emergency’ triage category, South Australia is the worst performing State, 10% below the national average.

“South Australia also had the lowest number of patient treatments completed within four hours in the entire country.

“By way of an excuse for South Australia’s poor performance Minister Malinauskas is recycling a Jack Snelling’s tactic of blaming increasing demand for the growing problems in our emergency departments.

“Today’s report exposes that furphy as well with demand in South Australia increasing by 2.0 per cent over the period, well below the national increase of 2.6 per cent.”