Mary Wooldridge MP

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More patients wait longer for Surgery, in Emergency and Ambulances under Labor

Monday, August 17, 2015

Elective Surgery
· Overall, 2,371 fewer patients were admitted off the elective surgery waiting list
· 2,656 more people are waiting for elective surgery than this time last year. Hospitals which have significantly increased the number of people waiting are: Ballarat (206), Broadmeadows (281), Dandenong (411), Frankston (452), Royal Melbourne (422), the Eye and Ear (523) and St Vincent’s Hospital (367). At the Northern Hospital, an additional 754 patients are waiting compared to last year, the biggest increase in the State.
· Elective Surgery patients are categorised according to the urgency of the operation:
o 1,810 Category 1 (the most urgent) elective surgery patients are waiting for their operation – an increase of 259 patients compared to this time last year
o 1,188 more Category 2 patients are waiting for their elective surgery (from a total 20,208 patients)
o 1,209 more Category 3 patients are waiting for their surgery (from a total 18,716)
· Unusually, 4 Category 1 patients waited more than 30 days for treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Emergency Department
The key measure of Emergency Department performance is proportion of patients being treated in clinically acceptable times:
· 88,000 people were not treated in clinically appropriate times in our State’s Emergency Departments
· 14 hospitals are performing worse than 12 months ago with big reductions in performance at Frankston Hospital (from 92% to 78%) and Sunshine Hospital (from 67% to 56%).
· 17 hospitals are not meeting the target of 80% of patients being treated in expected times

Ambulance Performance
There were 95,227 ambulance attendances at an emergency department, but only 87% were transferred within 40 minutes, meaning 12,000 patients waited longer than 40 minutes in the ambulance.

There are both a greater proportion and more people waiting in ambulances compared to this time last year. The proportion of people waiting in ambulances for extended periods was highest at Northern, Royal Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospitals.

Source: Victorian Health Services Performance – Statewide performance

Comments from Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge

“Today’s flood of information, reports and announcements from the Health Minister cannot hide the fact that more patients are waiting longer for vital health services under Labor.

“On practically every key measure, be it elective surgery, emergency departments or ambulance performance more people are waiting longer to access health care.

“Daniel Andrews came to office with big promises on health but nearly nine months on he's failing to live up to the expectations he created.

“Today’s announcement of yet another body to ‘assess’, ‘facilitate’ and ‘share’ smacks of more bureaucrats and talk fests while people continue to wait for urgent care.”

Media contact: Bridie Allanadale 0425 703 166

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