Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 in News
After months of delay, the Baillieu Government has finally released data detailing the health of the state’s hospital system, with number of people waiting for elective surgery blowing out to 47,760 Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings said today.
Mr Jennings said the Baillieu Government today released the Victorian Health Services Performance Data for two quarters, both of which showed the a system struggling to keep up.
“Premier Baillieu and his Health Minister, David Davis, have been attempting to keep the worsening state of our public health system a secret,” Mr Jennings said.
“Today the Government succumbed to five months of pressure from the media, the opposition and the public and finally released these documents – but sadly it isn’t good news.
“These documents show a litany of mismanagement of the Victoria’s health system – more people waiting longer for elective surgery and in emergency departments, an ambulance service that is stalling.”
Mr Jennings said the data shows that across both September and December quarters:
• a record 1408 people waited for over 24 hours in emergency departments;
• health services failed to meet targets for category three (urgent) emergency department patients;
• failed to meet targets in category two (semi-urgent) elective surgery,
• a blowout of over 1600 additional people added to the elective surgery waiting list;
• ambulance transfer times fell well short of the 90 per cent target.
“These reports show that the system was in crisis well before Mr Baillieu and Mr Davis started their fight with the federal government,” Mr Jennings said.
“This data makes it clear that our hospitals are being crippled under the financial pressure being imposed by Mr Baillieu, a fact which no amount of feuding with the federal government will change.
“Mr Baillieu can no longer deny that his $616 million health cuts are hurting Victorians. These stunning figures back up what health insiders have been saying for a long time – that things have never been as bad as they are under Ted Baillieu.”
Mr Jennings called on the Baillieu Government to finally release each health services Statement of Priorities which will show the where the system is heading this year.
“It’s time for the Baillieu Government to end the secrecy and release all Statement of Priorities signed by Mr Davis and the Chairs of each Victorian hospital boards,” Mr Jennings said.