 Tasmanian Health Service report confirms key targets are not being met
 40 per cent of patients in the RHH emergency department are not seen in the recommended time
 Surgery, ambulance and discharge targets also missed

The Tasmanian Health Service Annual Report paints a picture of a hospital system struggling to provide the level of care Tasmanians deserve.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the report confirms the THS is falling well short of its own targets when it comes to patient treatment.

“The target set when it comes to patients being seen in the recommended time at the emergency department has been missed at every hospital in Tasmania, across all four quarters of the year,” Ms White said.

“The Royal Hobart Hospital is under the most pressure with 40 per cent of patients not being seen within the recommended time.

“And it means patients are staying in emergency departments for much longer than is recommended, putting enormous pressure on hospitals.

“It’s a circumstance that’s resulting in bad outcomes for patients and staff.

“Our hospitals are also missing key targets around elective surgery, mammogram screenings, ambulance services and discharge practices.

“The reports released by the THS are damning and paint a picture of a system under increased pressure, struggling to cope and with some indicators going backwards.

“We urge Minister Ferguson to address these problems head on, instead of applying his usual dose of political spin.

“The additional $88 million Labor has committed to health takes practical steps towards easing the pressure on our hospitals.

“The Government’s cuts to health on coming to government are still having a ripple effect. We need a Minister that is prepared to invest in services and, most importantly, listen to what clinicians are saying.”
Rebecca White MP Labor Leader