Posted on 03. May, 2012 in News

Over 5500 more Victorians are waiting for elective surgery since the Baillieu Government was elected, new figures released today reveal.

The Victorian Health Services Performance Report shows that at 31 December, 2011 there were 43,725 patients on the elective surgery waiting list – up from 38,166 a year earlier and a rise of 2320 in the three months since the last report.

Shadow Minister for Health Gavin Jennings said Ted Baillieu and his Health Minister, David Davis, should be ashamed for allowing the waiting lists to blow out so significantly.

“Victoria’s health system is going backwards under Ted Baillieu,” Mr Jennings said.

“This report shows that more Victorians will be waiting longer for their surgery.

“If this government cared about improving Victorians’ access to healthcare, it would be investing more in hospitals, not stripping them of the funding they need.

“These figures will only get worse, with the Government using this week’s State Budget to rip a further $134 million from the health budget, on top of the $482 million that was cut last year.

“When it comes to delivering better health services, Ted Baillieu and David Davis are failing Victorians.”

Victorians are waiting longer in emergency departments and for ambulance transfers to hospital, with the Baillieu Government failing to meet four major targets. These are: • Emergency Department Category 3 seen in 30 mins; • Elective Surgery Category 1 seen in 30 days; • Elective Surgery Category 2 seen in 90 days; and • Ambulance transfer within 40 mins.

The figures show that 27 per cent of emergency patients are not treated on time, with 24 per cent of non-admitted emergency department patients’ waiting for more than four hours.

The number of mental health patients waiting longer than eight hours for admission to emergency departments has increased significantly to 765, up from 611 the previous quarter.

“Yet again, Ted Baillieu and David Davis are trying to hide their dreadful performance in health, with this report released under the cover of a ministerial scandal and too late to allow for questioning in Parliament – just as the previous report was released just before Christmas,” Mr Jennings said.

“It’s not surprising the Health Minister tried to hide this report given how many hospitals have failed ambulance and treatment time targets.”

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