Mary Wooldridge MP

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Auditor General finds government is failing to deliver leadership and fair access to elective surgery in Victoria

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Victoria's health system is failing to meet elective surgery performance targets while operating theatres sit empty.

The Auditor General’s report into Victorian Public Hospital Operating Theatre Efficiency reveals that hospitals are working under incredible pressure to improve elective surgery performance while the government has no information on state wide theatre efficiency or capacity and is failing to provide much needed support for health services to improve.

This failure by government means we have some hospitals achieving best practice while others fall further and further behind.

Clearly Daniel Andrews thinks it is okay to press health services for better performance numbers each year without providing any of the necessary support and leadership to achieve this.

Quotes attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge

Theatres are standing empty while patients are waiting too long for their surgery and Daniel Andrews has no plan to fix it.

This report shows us that Victorian health services are managing as well as they can to deliver elective surgery for Victorians despite the failure of the Andrews Government to provide any leadership in this regard.

Daniel Andrews’ inaction clearly shows he thinks widespread inequality of access to elective surgery is acceptable for the 37,000 Victorians waiting for their elective surgery.

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