Page 759 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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Hospitals—endoscopies and colonoscopies

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (3.30): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) data from 31 October 2022 shows that there are 7,373 patients awaiting procedure bookings for endoscopies;

(b) the average wait time for a colonoscopy and endoscopy is 399 days;

(c) across all triage categories:

(i) patients who are classified as urgent, who should be seen in 14 days, are waiting an average of 47 days;

(ii) patients who are classified as category one patients, who should be seen within 30 days, are waiting an average of 283 days;

(iii) patients who are classified as category two patients, who should be seen within 90 days, are waiting an average of 471 days; and

(iv) patients who are classified as category three patients, who should be seen within 365 days, are waiting an average of 449 days;

(2) further notes:

(a) ACT Labor committed in September 2020 to upgrade and expand existing endoscopy facilities, to deliver an additional 5,000 procedures;

(b) scoping and planning for this upgrade and expansion was to commence in 2020-21 with refurbishment of the rooms to begin in 2021-22;

(c) the latest Parliamentary and Governing Agreement and Election Commitment Report of 7 June 2022 labelled this work as “not yet commenced”;

(d) a contractor was selected to examine the feasibility of these upgrades in May 2022, but construction had not commenced as of 6 March 2023;

(e) in 2021, an ACT gastroenterologist was quoted saying the “ACT Government had legitimate solutions, but it tossed them aside in favour of leaving people languishing”; and

(f) one of the suggested solutions was to revive an agreement with Calvary Private and contract ACT Endoscopy and Brindabella Endoscopy to cut down waiting lists; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) provide an update on their election commitment and say whether the promised refurbishment of rooms is on track to be completed by 30 June 2023; and

(b) immediately contract private endoscopy services to reduce the wait list for public endoscopy procedures.

On October 15 2020, ACT Labor released a statement with the title, “Labor’s plan for better healthcare—where and when Canberrans need it.” The statement goes on
to say:


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