Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 in Clayton Update

The Napthine Government has lost control of Victoria’s hospitals, with figures showing the amount of semi-urgent elective surgery dropping to an eight year low, Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, said today.

Mr Lim said Denis Napthine’s neglect of the health system had affected Monash Medical which performed fewer operations in critical areas of elective surgery each year for the last three years.

“The decline in the rate of surgery means that patients who require semi-urgent operations, like hip replacement or ear, nose and throat surgery, are waiting longer for the care they need,” Mr Lim said.

“At the Monash Medical Centre, the percentage of semi urgent patients treated in three months dropped from 51 to 43 per cent in just 9 months.

“The State’s health system is struggling to cope and is starved of resources due to $826 million in Napthine Government cuts.

“For the third year in a row, Victoria’s hospitals have performed less surgery than the year before – how can Mr Napthine justify this?

“This comes after the well documented reports that sick children are being affected by a state-wide lack of paediatric services due to under-resourcing at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the three-year delays at the Monash Children’s Hospital project.

“The Napthine Government is failing everywhere – in our clogged emergency departments, in providing elective surgery, and through the performance of our ambulance system.”

Mr Lim said the reports revealed a struggling health system:
• Almost 50,000 Victorians are waiting for elective surgery, up by 12,000 since this government was elected.
• More than 5000 people are waiting for more than a year for surgery.
• 27 per cent of emergency department patients are waiting too long to be treated.
• Category two elective surgery patients not being treated within 90 days.
• Category three elective surgery patients not being treated within 365 days.
• One in three patients staying more than four hours in emergency departments.
• Ambulance response times have gone backwards for the third year in a row, with 27 per cent of life threating emergencies not responded to within 15 minutes.
• Ambulance ramping getting worse, with nearly one quarter of ambulance transfers to hospitals taking longer than 40 minutes.
• More than 2000 people were stuck on trolleys in emergency department for more than 24 hours.

“This proves what doctors, nurses and paramedics have been saying for a long time now – that our health system has never been as bad as it is now,” Mr Lim said.

“Victorians deserve better than a Government that refuses to acknowledge there is a crisis in the health system and is refusing to do anything about it.”

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