Tasmania’s health system coping well

The latest quarterly Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart shows the elective surgery waiting list has fallen at three of the state’s four public hospitals.

By 31 December 2011, and compared to the same period in 2010, the waiting list fell by 25.3 per cent at the Mersey Community Hospital, 16.4 per cent at the Royal Hobart Hospital and 5.7 per cent at the North West Regional Hospital with a 4.3 per cent increase at the Launceston General Hospital.

The Progress Chart also showed all four public hospitals continuing to meet national target for wait times of 48 days for elective surgery patients admitted from the waiting list.

The 48-day target is part of the National Partnership Agreement on the Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.

Despite the elective surgery slow down, all four hospitals continued to do well in keeping their waiting lists and treatment times down.

Elective surgery median waiting times increased at all four hospitals compared to the previous year but were still below the 48-day target.

The Progress Chart showed the median wait time for elective surgery patients admitted from the waiting list was 38 days at the LGH and North West Regional Hospital, 37 days at the Royal and 30 days at the Mersey.

The Progress Chart also showed improvements in Tasmanian dental services for the three months ending 31 December 2011 with increases in general, episodic and prosthetic dental treatment, and a 3.7 per cent increase in children’s treatments.

The Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart is available at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/about_the_department/performance