BAILLIEU’S CUTS PUTTING SOUTHERN HEALTH UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE

Annual reports tabled in Parliament show Victoria’s health system is being starved of funding by the Baillieu Government, placing unprecedented pressure on frontline services, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said Southern Health demonstrated that it was under growing financial pressure and patient care had been affected.

“Local hospitals, including Casey and Dandenong, are buckling under the pressure of the Baillieu Government’s savage $616 million funding cuts,” Ms Graley said.

“The elective surgery waiting list has blown out at Southern Health by around 2000 patients,”

“Southern Health now has Victoria’s highest elective surgery waiting list,”

“Mr Baillieu does not care about our public hospitals, which is why he consistently refuses to provide Casey Hospital with more beds,”

“He has even broken his promise to build the Monash Children’s Hospital,”

“There is a growing crisis in Victoria’s public health system and it is all of Ted Baillieu’s making.”

Ms Graley said the annual reports failed to reveal where Mr Baillieu’s promised new beds were located.

“Before the election, Mr Baillieu promised to inject 800 new beds into Victoria’s public hospitals to slash surgery waiting lists, including 100 new beds by June this year,” she said.

“These new beds are nowhere to be seen, not in the health services annual reports and certainly not in Casey and Dandenong hospitals,”

“The Baillieu Government is trying to claim they are putting more funding in the system,”

“Only Mr Baillieu could believe that more funding would result in ballooning waiting lists, health services running into multimillion deficits and sick people are waiting longer for the care they need,”

“Mr Baillieu just does not care about the health of Victorians.”