ACT budget tips money into troubled hospital

Doug Hendrie

6/06/2018 2:17:32 PM

The trouble-plagued Canberra Hospital will get an $11.5 million cash boost to help reduce long wait times in the emergency department, boost its intensive care unit and increase in-patient beds.

The ACT’s budget addresses concerns regarding the Canberra Hospital.
The ACT’s budget addresses concerns regarding the Canberra Hospital.

The Canberra Hospital is at risk of losing its accreditation, and must lift standards by July, after an interim accreditation report found it had failed to meet 33 core criteria.
Two of those criteria are ranked as extreme risk, while six are listed as high.
The funding is part of the ACT’s 2018–19 budget, which allocates $112 million to hospitals overall.
The other big winner in the budget is elective surgeries, with $16 million of funding allocated for an additional 1000 surgeries every year, with 72 more beds to be available this winter.
An extra $34.5 million will go to double the number of patients treated in the Hospital in the Home service, from 1500 to 3000 a year. 
The ACT Government predicts in its budget papers that treatment times of patients presenting at emergency departments in the territory will drop further, estimating only half of patients will be treated on time and only 37% of urgent cases.
The budget papers state that the Canberra Hospital is expected to pass its re-accreditation.

ACT ACT-budget Canberra-Hospital funding

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