ACT Labor to deliver 1800 more life-saving endoscopy procedures

If re-elected, an ACT Labor Government would allocate $1.8 million to deliver 1800 extra endoscopy procedures.

Endoscopies allow doctors to see inside a patient without the need for surgery. They are used for a range of conditions, including cancers and ulcers.

Demand for endoscopy services is growing each year due largely to a growing, ageing and ailing population.

Cancer rates are on the rise. Fortunately, survival rates for many cancers are also continually improving. This funding will help to meet demand and reduce waits for people in need of treatment and care.

In 2011-12, we provided more than 4,346 endoscopy procedures. We have increased funding in 2012-13 in order to provide an additional 300 procedures to help reduce pressure on the waiting list and improve access to this potentially life-saving service.

These improved services complement our program of delivering more nurses, more beds and better facilities. We have worked hard to replace the 114 beds ripped out of the health system by the Liberals and have in fact gone much further, adding 260 beds to our public hospitals with funding for further beds allocated in the 2012-13 Budget.

 

Costings

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2017-18

Total

Extra endoscopies

$0

$0.300m

$0.600m

$0.900m

$1.800m

 

This announcement builds on previously announced initiatives to expand access to health services including:

  • An additional $17m for outpatient services at our new Canberra Region Cancer Centre which will provide for at least 30 new nurses and four new specialist cancer doctors;
  • $3m to meet the growing demand for women and children’s outpatient and community based services;
  • $1.4m to establish a new alcohol and drug outpatient service
  • A further $83m for an additional 5,000 elective surgery procedures, on top of the 45,000 already planned;
  • $2.4m to boost the capacity of the Hospital in the Home Service by 24 bed equivalents;
  • $19m to boost the number of doctors, nurses and beds in our emergency departments;
  • $900,000 to increase ophthalmology services at Calvary Hospital, principally through access to services to manage macular degeneration.
  • $1.3m to expand Lymphoedema services.