Tasmanian Hospitals Have Longest Waiting Hours in Australia, says Report

2 July 2009 (Last Updated July 2nd, 2009 18:30)

Public hospitals in Tasmania have the longest waiting times in Australia for elective surgery and emergency department services, according to a new report. The Australian State of Our Public Hospitals report, which presents an analysis of the country's hospitals from the financial year

Public hospitals in Tasmania have the longest waiting times in Australia for elective surgery and emergency department services, according to a new report.

The Australian State of Our Public Hospitals report, which presents an analysis of the country's hospitals from the financial year 2007–08, said that Tasmania had the longest average length of hospital stay of seven days.

In elective surgery, only 66% of the state's 14,000 admissions were seen within the clinically recommended time compared to the national average of 84%, the report said.

Tasmania reported the highest waiting times for emergency department services with only 60% of patients seen within the recommended time.

The country's Health Minister Lara Giddings said that significant progress had been made since the report was published, including reduced elective surgery waiting times, ABC News reports.