Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 in News

New Premier Denis Napthine needs to address the chronic lack of funding at Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin campus, which is affecting patient care, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.

Mr Andrews visited the Monash Medical Centre on a tour of several hospitals in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

“The Coalition Government’s $616 million cuts to health are having a significant impact on hospitals in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs,” Mr Andrews said.

Recently released figures show that as at 31 December 2012, Monash Medical Centre’s Moorabbin campus had:
• 2190 people waiting for surgery – up from 1727 in June 2011;
• Only half of MMC Moorabbin’s semi urgent elective surgery patients are receiving their surgery within time; and
• The hospital also failed to meet its target for non-urgent patients receiving their surgery within 365 days. (75%)

“Adding insult to injury, Southern Health – the health service that operates Monash Medical Centre along with several other hospitals in the southeast – set out in its latest Statement of Priorities there would be 10,250 people waiting for surgery at 30 June this year,” he said.

“This expected increase of over 3500 people on the list is because the Napthine Government hasn’t provided Southern Health enough funding to keep up with demand.”

Mr Andrews said it came as no surprise that the Napthine Government had sought to blame the Federal Government for the blow out in elective surgery.

“Health Minister David Davis’ repeated refusal to accept responsibility for the blowout of the waiting list at Southern Health demonstrates he isn’t interested in fixing the problems,” he said.

“These documents clearly show the health system was in trouble well before the funding stoush with the Federal Government.

“Just as it was under Ted Baillieu, the Napthine Government continues to seek someone else to blame for their mismanagement of the health system in Victoria.

“Premier Napthine needs to stop the blame game and start investing in our hospitals so that people can get the care they need when they need it.”

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