Baillieu Government must lift axe away from Casey Hospital

The Baillieu Government must lift the axe away from Casey Hospital and start investing in its future, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said that the hospital, which was built by the former Labor Government seven years ago, is in need of expansion.

“The Minister for Health has admitted that Casey Hospital is at capacity, yet he has cancelled Labor’s planned expansion that includes a new surgical operating theatre and 30 new beds,” she said

“The Victorian Health Services Performance Report for the last quarter, which the Minister release just before Christmas in an attempt to bury bad news, represents a big failure for the Baillieu Government,”

“Across the state, there will be 9395 less elective surgeries performed and an extra 7564 patients on the elective surgery waiting list in the current financial year, and Casey Hospital is one of the hospitals struggling to keep pace with demand,”

Ms Graley said that she was concerned that 14 of 20 special care nursery cots at Casey Hospital remained closed.

“When I questioned Premier Baillieu on the closed special care nursery cots in Parliament last week, he would not say when the cots would open.”  

Ms Graley said that she was also concerned by revelations by the Australian Nursing Federation that 1500 hospital beds in Victoria were closed between December and January.

“Instead of keeping their promise to increase the number of beds by 800, Mr Baillieu and his Health Minister have in fact closed beds that should never have been closed,”

“And their attack on our dedicated nurses and disrespect for the work that they do has left the community in shock,”

“The Baillieu Government’s plans to replace nurses, who have three years university training, with health assistants, who only have three months training, will put patients at risk.”

Anybody wishing to sign a petition calling on the Baillieu Government to provide more beds for Casey Hospital should contact Judith Graley’s office on 9704 6055.