Waiting list allegations are false

Released 13/11/2013

"Contrary to the allegations made today about waiting lists for elective surgery, at the end of October 2013 the number of people waiting with extended waiting times is the lowest on record at 618, down from 922 in March when we first introduced this process," Dr Peggy Brown, Director General of ACT Health said.

"ACT Health has been working with both hospitals to improve access to elective surgery and reduce the time people wait for surgery.

"To do this we have implemented a process that focuses on providing access to surgery for people with long waiting times, while also increasing access for people before they become 'long waits'.

"This is at the same time as we are recording our best results for patients seen within recommended waiting times (with 98% of people in the most urgent category seen on time).

"Comments made today by the Visiting Medical Officer's Association are misleading and false.

"Had the VMO's Association spoken first to ACT Health, we would have been able to take them through the process and explain the rationale behind it. Instead they have sought to grandstand and reduce the confidence of the community in our health system, despite obvious success in reducing overall waiting times.

"We would also have been able to advise them that this in keeping with the objectives of the National Health Reform, Dr Brown concluded.

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