AMA finds public hospitals not on track to meet targets

AMA finds public hospitals not on track to meet targets

The Australian Medical Association has released its new report card on the country’s public hospitals, showing only one state has reached emergency room targets in 2012.

Western Australia was the only state to exceed the Interim National Emergency Access Target, while NSW, Victoria, and the Northern Territory were all well below the targets.

The Public Hospitals Report Card also shows committed federal government funding has decreased by $134 million, in the last financial year.

AMA President Steve Hambleton says that trend needs to change, otherwise the hospital target will fall 6 years behind in delivering its initiatives.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the increase in waiting times can be attibuted to funding changes by the Abbott government.

He says Prime Minister Tony Abbott has already broken his election promise not to cut funding from the health budget.

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