ELECTIVE SURGERY IN CRISIS AS BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT CUTS TAKE EFFECT

Massive funding cuts to health in Victoria have caused elective surgery performance to fall to levels not seen for nearly a decade, Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Victorian Labor has released a report that shows the elective surgery performance of Victorian Hospitals is in crisis under the Baillieu Government.

“Under Labor in 2010, 80 per cent of people who needed an elective surgery received that surgery,” Ms Graley said.

“Under Ted Baillieu, this is expected to drop by 5 per cent when the next round of health data is released – this means one in four people will miss out.

“Elective surgeries show how Victoria’s hospitals are performing and after two years of shrinking budgets under Ted Baillieu, this report reveals there is a looming disaster in
Victoria’s health system.

“Having cut hundreds of jobs and slashed more than $600 million from the state’s health budget, Mr Baillieu must accept the health system is approaching breaking point.”

Ms Graley said if the Baillieu Government continued its health cuts, the elective
surgery waiting list would top 50,000 this year.

“Ted Baillieu promised Victorians he would slash elective surgery waiting lists by
injecting 800 new beds into the hospital system,” she said.

“Yet, after two years in the job, Mr Baillieu has failed to provide a single extra bed for Casey Hospital, which the Minister for Health has previously admitted is at capacity,”

“Casey Hospital needs new beds now, before it too reaches crisis point,”

“The Baillieu Government should hang its head in shame for its complete and utter
disregard for the health of families in Casey,”

“This is a Government that just doesn`t care.”