45,912 PEOPLE NOW WAITING FOR SURGERY UNDER BAILLIEU

An alarming blow out in elective surgery waiting lists has undermined the Baillieu Government’s claim to have delivered 100 new hospital beds, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said the latest quarterly Victorian Health Services Performance data reveals an extra 238 people have joined the elective surgery hospital waiting lists at Casey Hospital from December to March this year.

“This just proves Victoria’s health system is getting worse, not better, under the Baillieu Government,” she said.

“This data shows the waiting list for elective surgery is getting longer not shorter. Victoria’s health system is going backwards under Baillieu.

“In the first three months of this year, an extra 238 people were put on the elective surgery waiting list at Casey Hospital.

“Surely, these figures would convince the Baillieu Government that Casey Hospital needs more beds.

“Casey Hospital is not the only hospital struggling, with 7,746 more people waiting for elective surgery across the state than just three months ago.”

Ms Graley said that Premier Baillieu needs to sit down with people left to wait in pain on his waiting list to understand their concerns.

“Mr Baillieu could start by talking to Donald Lundberg, who has had to stop work due to his constant pain and discomfort as he requires knee and hip replacement surgery.

“Despite being classified as semi-urgent, Don has been waiting for surgery since February.

“Clearly, the Baillieu Government is failing to properly fund Victoria’s hospital system to match growth in demand for health services.”

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government promised to fund an additional 800 hospital beds in his first term of government ­­– and to deliver the first 100 beds by the end of this financial year.

“Health Minister David Davis claims he has delivered the 100 beds but won’t tell us where they are,” she said.

“If Mr Davis could find out what beds were closed during the nurses’ dispute, he can tell us where his new beds are now.

“If he doesn’t, Victorians have every right to question whether these new beds exist.”

The data also reveals that:

  • Casey Hospital failed its target of 80 per cent of semi-urgent (Category 2) elective surgery patients treated within 90 days, only achieving 55 per cent.
  • Casey Hospital failed its target of 90 per cent of non-urgent (Category 3) elective surgery patients treated within 365 days, only achieving 57 per cent.
  • Dandenong Hospital failed its target of 80 per cent of semi urgent (Category 2) elective surgery patients treated within 90 days, only achieving 37 per cent.
  • Dandenong Hospital failed its target of 90 per cent of non-urgent (Category 3) elective surgery patients treated within 365 days, only achieving 38 per cent.