Elective surgery wait times lowest in a decade, 95% done on time


Released 12/06/2012

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today congratulated staff in the ACT hospital system for providing surgery to 10,399 people who were on the ACT public hospitals' elective surgery waiting list in 2011/12.

"Over the past five months the number of operations postponed has fallen to just over five percent, compared with 9.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2010-11," the Chief Minister said.

"In 2011/12 the numbers of people on the waiting list has dropped by 11 percent to 3,812 - the lowest level in a decade, with on average over 1000 surgeries completed a month.

"Postponements are a natural feature of an elective surgery waiting list and this year continues to demonstrate improvements in this area," the Chief Minister said.

"50 % of the postponements relate to patients who have been postponed due to the needs of more urgent patient or when surgeons are unavailable due to illness.

"These results are achieved because of the hard work and commitment of nurses, doctors and health professionals who strive to set new benchmarks and continue to deliver the best health outcomes for Canberra and the region," the Chief Minister concluded.

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