ACT Government Invests in Healthcare to Deliver More Surgeries

ACT, Australia

Article: The ACT Government has announced its commitment to invest in the public health system, ensuring Canberrans can access the necessary care they need. The government’s four-year elective surgery plan aims to deliver 60,000 elective surgeries and expand operating theatre capacity in public health services. Despite recent challenges, Canberra Health Services is on track to perform a record number of elective surgeries this financial year. Additional funding in the 2024-25 budget will support territory-wide surgery teams across hospitals. More endoscopies will be delivered thanks to the recent expansion and upgrade of the endoscopy suites at North Canberra Hospital. The new Critical Services Building at Canberra Hospital will provide essential theatre capacity for emergency surgeries and increase total elective surgery capacity. Increased operating theatre sessions during evenings and weekends, and more surgical inpatient beds will support growing emergency surgery demand. The government has also committed to delivering an additional 300 cataract surgeries through partnerships with private facilities. The total investment in health next year is a record $2.6 billion, with $52.7 million allocated to support the four-year elective surgery plan. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr stated that this budget aims to expand health service delivery to more people when they need it, addressing workforce shortages and an aging population. Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith highlighted that Canberra Health Services is on track to deliver a record number of elective surgeries this year, emphasizing the importance of this funding in supporting territory-wide teams and delivering timely care to Canberrans.