Botched Casey Health Plan Revealed By Labor

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews today released the Coalition Government’s plan for health which showed Ted Baillieu scrapped a plan to undertake a feasibility study to expand services at Casey Hospital.

Mr Andrews said three versions of the Liberal National’s health plan obtained by the Opposition showed the Coalition were planning to conduct a feasibility study to expand Casey Hospital.

“Ted Baillieu and David Davis must explain why they mislead Victorian patients and refused to release their major health promises during the last election campaign,” Mr Andrews said.

“These documents show that their health plan changed by the hour and Mr Baillieu needs to admit why these policies were never released.

“Was it that Mr Baillieu was too gutless to tell Victorians what his plan for health in the state was or did he lack faith in Mr Davis’ ability to develop a strong set of initiatives to campaign on.”

Mr Andrews said the Coalition documents showed that the feasibility study for the Casey Hospital appeared in two versions of the health plan but was scrapped in a third.

“Clearly the Coalition are treating the people of Melbourne’s growing south-east with contempt,” he said.

“These documents reveal a dumped plan to halve elective surgery waiting lists and provide more surgery for patients.

“The documents also showed a countless initiatives which were abandoned or announced with significantly less funding by the Coalition.”

Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings said it was clear that the Coalition were already planning cuts to health services before they were even elected.

“What is more embarrassing for Mr Davis is his own documents state an election commitment to deliver a metropolitan health plan in 120 days of being elected,” Mr Jennings said.

“Labor built Casey Hospital and was Victoria’s first hospital in 20 years and we allocated $30 million for a new theatre and 30 new beds.

“Today, Labor has exposed the Coalition’s own health plan. A plan which they failed to release at last year’s election.

“Mr Davis, Victorians are still waiting for your health plan and Labor hopes it will be better than the one revealed today.”