A Growing Emergency

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report Emergency Department care: 2014-2015 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 Australia’s Emergency Departments is a damning indictment of the Weatherill Government and its hapless Health Minister Jack Snelling,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“It beggars belief that the Weatherill Government is planning to cut the level of emergency care provided at TQEH, Modbury and Noarlunga Hospitals when the current system not only can’t cope with the level of demand, it’s actually getting worse.

“In terms of ED presentations seen on time, we are the worst performing State – just 66 per cent of emergency cases are seen on time compared with the national average of 74 per cent.

“In the past three years the percentage of South Australians seen on time in an Emergency Department declined by a disturbing 10 per cent.

“Health Minister Snelling repeatedly blames unprecedented demand for the growing problems in our ED’s – yet demand in South Australia increased by a mere 1.3 per cent last year, well below the national increase of 2.4 per cent.”

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