Â· Daniel Andrews has released a cardiac services plan to try to justify his flawed idea for a stand-alone Heart Hospital.
Â· His plan provides no justification for the stand-alone hospital other than it has been done elsewhere, but stand-alone hospitals overseas are moving next to full service Hospitals – such as Papworth Hospital in the UK.
Â· In order to justify is Heart Hospital Daniel Andrews is ripping specialist cardiac services from the world class Alfred Hospital to prop up volumes at his Heart Hospital.
Â· Further, with no Emergency Department or other clinical services at the Heart Hospital and limited cardiac services at the Monash Medical Centre dedicated ambulances will likely be needed to ferry patients the 10 minute drive between the two hospitals.
Â· The grandiose ‘Victorian Heart Hospital’ title tries to hide that the patients who will get care are from Victoria’s South and East. If you live in the North or West you access existing services and new infrastructure investment is ruled out
Â· However Daniel Andrews is pitting the Austin, Royal Melbourne, St Vincent’s and University Hospital Geelong against each other as only one or two will be able to become the North West’s ‘designated specialist cardiac centre”.
Â· In Public Accounts Jill Hennessy confirmed the Heart Hospital will actively seek out Private Patients. She also confirmed she has no idea when the Hospital will be built and that the business plan won’t be complete till at earliest the end of this year.