Posted on 24. Apr, 2014 in News

Victoria’s health crisis is getting worse.

The Health Services Performance data for the December (2013) quarter, released four months late today, shows that more people are waiting for surgery, nearly one in five ambulances are ‘ramping’ too long and emergency departments are struggling.

The figures show:

• 657 more people waiting for elective surgery, with the total number up to 48,094
• Ambulance transfer times still failing to meet targets
• Emergency Department treatment performance still failing to meet targets for category 3 and 4 patients, with nearly one in four patients not being seen on time.
Quotes attributable to Mr Jennings:

“It’s official: The crisis in Victorian hospitals is continuing under Denis Napthine.”

“Data shows that emergency departments are in meltdown, ambulances are spending hours stuck outside hospitals and more people are waiting in pain for surgery.”

“You can’t trust the Liberals with our health system.”

Key Facts

• Denis Napthine cut $826 million from Victorian hospitals, causing this crisis.
• 24 per cent of patients in Victorian Emergency departments are not being seen on time.
• 27 and 28 per cent of category three and four patients in Victorian Emergency departments are not being seen on time.
• Since 2010, Denis Napthine’s Government has grown waiting list by 10,000 people.
• 31 per cent of semi urgent elective surgery patients not being treated within 90 days.
• The Abbott Government have flagged a further $277 million to be cut from Victorian hospitals – more than any other state.

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