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Signs of hope but figures show ACT hospitals still struggling



The Canberra Hospital

Work is continuing on improving patient flows at Canberra’s Emergency Departments. Photo: File.

There are signs of improvement in the ACT’s Emergency Departments and elective surgery performance but they remain thorny issues for the ACT Government and hospital management.

Responding to the latest Quarterly Performance Report, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said ED wait times continued to be a challenge and admitted that while progress was being made on elective surgeries, the government would not meet its target of more than 16,000 surgeries in 2020-21.

The latest Quarterly Performance Report shows patients are still spending too much time in the ED before being seen by a doctor. However, it says 46.5 per cent of patients…

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