Posted on 09. May, 2014 in News

Hundreds more kids are waiting for surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

According to the latest hospital data – released just minutes before the Health Minister was to present at a Budget scrutiny committee – Victoria’s major hospitals are struggling.

Hospitals in Melbourne’s growing population corridors in the West and the South East are also under significant pressure.

The data shows that the Napthine Government is still failing to meet its targets on ambulances ramped outside clogged emergency departments.

Victorian hospitals also failed the target for treating emergency patients.

The Royal Women’s, the Royal Children’s, the Royal Melbourne and growth corridor hospitals in Casey, Sunshine, Footscray, Werribee and Geelong, have all added hundreds of people to their waiting list.

Quotes attributable to Mr Jennings:

“Denis Napthine hasn’t fixed the crisis in our health system.”

“Even the Royal Children’s Hospital is struggling – there are hundreds more kids waiting for surgery.”

“They need treatment and support, but under Denis Napthine, they’re on their own.”

Key Facts

• The Napthine Government is failing targets on semi-urgent (category 2) elective surgeries across the state, failing to treat 34 per cent of patients within the 90 day time frame.
• The report showed, when compared with the same period in 2013, Victoria’s major hospitals are struggling:
o 246 more children waiting for surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital
o 129 more patients waiting for surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
o 231 women waiting for surgery at the Royal Women’s Hospital
• The Geelong Hospital and the Northern Hospital are both struggling to cope in all areas of emergency department performance, missing targets for both semi-urgent and non-urgent categories.
• In the first three months of this year, 173 patients endured a stay in Victorian emergency departments for more than 24 hours.

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