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Labor Health cuts increase emergency waits

National data released today confirms that emergency health services in metropolitan Adelaide are deteriorating under Transforming Health.

Our Emergency Department wait times are still the worst of any state in the nation. Only two thirds of ED patients are dealt with within four hours which is 7 per cent below the national average. Four years ago, we were better than the national average.

“In the last year, ambulance response times for metropolitan emergency cases have blown out by 9 per cent,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“People are waiting more than a minute longer for the ambulance to arrive.

“The latest SA Ambulance Service Annual Report confirms the deterioration – it shows that the percentage of life-threatening cases responded to within eight minutes had fallen almost 6 per cent (to 72 per cent).

“When minutes matter, South Australians are suffering from a double whammy. They have to wait longer for an ambulance to get to the ED and then have to wait in the ED to get the care they need.”

“Hospital workers and ambulance officers work extraordinarily hard and do a fantastic job. Unfortunately, the Weatherill Labor Government is making their jobs more difficult by cutting services and downgrading emergency departments.

This is the first data set released that covers a full year (2015-16) since the launch of Transforming Health in early 2015.

“Transforming Health is making a bad situation worse.”