The ACT Opposition has raised concerns about the access to emergency care for those with poor mental health in the Territory.

The Canberra Liberals have highlighted the failings of our emergency departments as shown in a recent Report on Government Services.

The data shows that 41.9% of people seeking psychiatric care at Canberra’s ED’s were seen on time in the 2019-20 period, well below the national average of 68%.

Those numbers in the Territory are also down from 57.9% in the 2016-17 report.

Shadow Health Minister Leanne Castley said it’s obvious something isn’t working.

“The ACT has been the worst performing state for the past three years which shows the Labor- Greens government has done little to improve care for mental health patients.”

“We know the pandemic has had a big impact on people’s mental health and it is appalling that we are going backwards in the care we provide.”


Ms Castley wants to see the Territory’s Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith, to review the current situation and access to mental health services in the ACT.

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