Posted on 13. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

A major funding blitz on elective surgery has seen Victorian hospitals performing more elective surgery operations than ever before, Health Minister Daniel Andrews said today.

Releasing the latest Your Hospitals report, Mr Andrews said the Government had provided hospitals with funding to target elective surgery waiting lists.

The Monash Medical Centre is performing well in key areas of patient treatment, he said.

“We are taking action to give Victorians a better health system so more patients can be treated faster,” Mr Andrews said.

“In the year to the end of June, Victoria’s public hospitals treated 155,326 elective surgery patients – the highest number ever treated in a financial year.”

More than 4500 extra patients were admitted for elective surgery compared to the previous year.

“In the two-year period to June 2010, an additional 15 per cent or over 41,000 elective surgery procedures were performed,” Mr Andrews said.

“By the end of June, the number of elective surgery patients waiting longer than the recommended time had dropped by 15 per cent compared to the same time the previous year.

“The number of patients waiting longer than recommended is the lowest since December 1998.”

Mr Andrews said the Monash Medical Centre was playing a key role in improvements to Victoria’s health system, including:

  • 100 per cent of Category 1 emergency patients treated immediately on arrival at the Monash Medical Centre ED in the six months to the end of June.
  • 85 per cent of Category 2 patients treated within 10 minutes of arrival at the ED in the six months to June – an improvement of 25 per cent over the previous six months and exceeding the national benchmark of 80 per cent.
  • 60 per cent of Category 3 patients treated within 30 minutes of arrival at the ED in the six months to June – an improvement of 8 per cent over the previous six months.
  • 32,460 patients seen in the ED in the six months to the end of June – up by 1095 patients, or 3 per cent, on the same period the previous year.
  • 71 per cent of ED patients admitted to a ward bed in the six months to the end of June were admitted within 8 hours of arrival – an improvement of 3 per cent on the previous six months.
  • On bypass just 2.28 per cent of the time in the 6 months to the end of June – well below the State benchmark of 3 per cent, and an improvement on the 2.73 per cent bypass rate in the previous 6 months.
  • One of the 5 busiest emergency departments in Melbourne with 32,460 patients in the six months to June – along with Northern Hospital (31,437), Austin Hospital (33,055),Sunshine Hospital (30,024) and the Royal Children’s Hospital (29,901).
  • Monash Medical Centre Clayton is one of the 5 busiest hospitals in Melbourne with 30,729 patients admitted for the 6 months – along with Royal Melbourne (41,654), the Austin (35,713), the Alfred (34,908) and Frankston Hospital (27,910).


The total number of patients on the waiting list across Victoria also fell. At June 30, there were 37,194 on the elective surgery waiting list, down 7.7 per cent on the 40,301 patients waiting for elective surgery at the end of December 1999.

Mr Andrews said the latest report showed hospitals met four of the nine key performance criteria.

“We know there is more to be done to improve Victoria’s health system and we’ll continue to invest in our hospitals to ensure Victorians get the health service they need,” Mr Andrews said.

“This year alone Victoria’s hospitals will receive a combined $6.4 billion in recurrent funding – up by $443 million on the previous year.

“Our 2010 State Budget delivered $2.3 billion for new building projects, bringing to $7.5 billion the Government’s total health capital – the largest health capital program in the state’s history.

“In April, the Brumby Labor Government invested a $45 million to provide 9,000 patients with their elective surgery more quickly, which followed another $45 million investment in 2009.

“This additional funding will have an ongoing impact on waiting times, ensuring Victorian hospitals can continue to treat more patients within recommended timeframes.

“To meet peak seasonal pressures this year the Government also committed $13.9 million through Victoria’s Winter Strategy to open an extra 102 sub-acute beds to allow more patients to receive services and improve patient flow through the hospital system.”

Mr Andrews said over $900 million in additional funding would also be delivered to Victorian patients over the next four years, as a result of the COAG agreement with the Federal Labor Government earlier this year.

“We are already seeing that funding starting to flow to our hospitals across our state and what this money will mean is that thousands of Victorian patients will receive faster hospital care, and ensure sustained growth for our hospitals,” he said.

“Our hospitals are continuing to see record patient numbers, with this year’s report showing that over the past 12 months there were 1.457 million admissions to public hospitals – up 36,264 on the previous years, and well up on the 1.042 million admissions in 1999/00,” Mr Andrews said.

“We’re continuing to expand Victoria’s health workforce, with over 3,500 additional doctors and over 11,000 additional nurses commencing in the public health system since we took office.”

Mr Andrews said that reports released by the Commonwealth showed Victorian hospital continued to rate highly against other states, maintaining one of the lowest median waiting times for elective surgery with median time to treatment in emergency departments lowest in the Australia.

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