Another report shows patients in Canberra’s emergency departments are waiting longer for treatment than people in other states.
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the average waiting time for emergency care increased to 44 minutes last financial year, from 38 minutes in 2011-12.
Only 51 per cent of patients were seen within the recommended timeframe, down from 55 per cent the year before.
That is the worst result of any jurisdiction and well below the national average of 73 per cent.
The national median waiting time was 19 minutes, with South Australia (16 minutes) and New South Wales (17 minutes) the best performing jurisdictions.
The ACT is the only state or territory where emergency response times did not improve over the past five years.
Only 57 per cent of ACT emergency department visits were completed within four hours, again the lowest number.