Emergency waiting times falling, but still short of target

Emergency waiting times falling, but still short of target

Emergency departments in public hospitals are reducing their waiting times across Australia, but are still a long way short of the 2015 national target.

The emergency department performance report for the period covering October to December 2013 has been released today, showing two-thirds of patients in major city hospitals spent less than four hours in the ED.

This figure is an improvement  on the 53 per cent level from the corresponding quarter in 2011.

Major regional hospitals were close behind, with 70 per cent of patients spending four hours or less in the ED.

But all states have agreed this figure should reach 90 per cent, by the end of 2015.

Results have also not been as positive for rural areas, with most regional hospital not experiencing a significant change in waiting periods.

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