DHHS Data Shows Admissions To Tasmanian Hospitals Up 20 % Over Last 3 Years

DHHS Data Shows Admissions To Tasmanian Hospitals Up 20 % Over Last 3 Years

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

AIHW Report Reflects Increasing ED Presentations

Victor P Taffa

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reflects the increase in presentations at Tasmania’s emergency departments, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

“Median wait times in 2016-17 increased by 1 minute, the Government has taken action to address this by opening more beds, employing more doctors, nurses and paramedic crews.” Minister Ferguson said.

In fact more than 80 new beds and treatment recliners have opened to ease pressure on our emergency departments. This will climb to a total of more than 120 extra beds by mid next year, including a whole new ward at the Hobart Repat.

“These beds will be supported by 350 staff.” Minister Ferguson said.

DHHS data shows that admissions to Tasmanian hospitals have grown by 20 % over the past 3 years.

 

“It is an issue that the Government is well aware of and will continue working closely with hospital staff and other stakeholders to address.”

“We believe every Tasmanian deserves to have access to the best health services available which is why we have also set an ambitious new target for 9 out of 10 people to be in and out of the emergency department within 4 hours, by 2022.” Minister Ferguson said.

Abbreviations

AIHW             Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

DHHS             Department of Health and Human Services