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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Que is the word on publication of hospital waiting times.

"Que?"-Manuel in Fawlty Towers

From"Longer wait for elective surgery" in today's Sydney Morning Herald:

"The Minister for Health, John Della Bosca, said: "Elective surgery waiting times have decreased substantially, with 91 per cent of patients treated within the recommended time frame of either 30, 90 or 365 days, up 4 per cent on the previous quarter." However, the full data, made public this month after the Opposition health spokeswoman, Jillian Skinner, submitted a freedom of information request, shows the average waiting time has increased by 5 per cent, to more than 2½ months, since September last year. It was the first time in 13 years of Labor Government that elective surgery waiting times and data on emergency department performance had not been made publicly available."

All this two weeks after the Government received the Garling Report including its recommendations for the publication of meaningful data on performance in the hospital system.

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