Emergency Department Waiting Time Blitz

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A Shorten Labor Government will invest $500 million to upgrade and expand emergency departments across Australia and slash waiting times.

LABOR’S PLAN

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $500 million to upgrade and expand emergency departments across Australia and slash waiting times.

All Australians will get faster access to better emergency care in public hospitals across with Labor’s plan, which comprises:

  • $250 million for emergency department upgrades; and
  • $250 million for more doctors, nurses and health workers to bring down national waiting times.

Australia’s emergency departments are overcrowded, and health workers are at breaking point.

Last year, fewer than two-thirds of urgent patients were seen on time. That means more than a million patients who presented to a public hospital emergency department in need of urgent treatment were left languishing in queues, waiting longer than clinically recommended.

Labor’s plan for better hospitals includes:

  • $2.8 billion in our Better Hospitals Fund – building new hospitals and wards, reducing waiting lists and restoring the core funding for more doctors and nurses;
  • $500 million to slash public hospital waiting lists for cancer patients;
  • $500 million to slash emergency department waiting times (includes $250 million from the Better Hospitals Fund); and
  • $250 million to slash elective surgery waiting lists (from Better Hospitals Fund).

We will pay for it by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.

There is a real choice at the upcoming election between Labor’s plan for properly funded hospitals and the best health care system in the world, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.