Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health
A number of performance measures have become significantly worse under this Labor Government. The proportion of elective surgery patients treated within clinically recommended times has dropped and the median time patients wait for elective surgery has blown out from 27 to 34 days, a 25% increase.
Daniel Andrews' decision has cost Victorian taxpayers $100 million and led to the 13th Floor of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) being vacant for over 18 months.
The data released today outlines the over 300 case types that no longer receive a Code 1 emergency ambulance and have been recoded to a less urgent response. Three PAEC inquiries and an order from the Victorian Freedom of Information Commissioner have forced the Government into revealing exactly what led to 63,170 fewer Victorians receiving a Code 1 response last year.
Hundreds of critically ill Victorians in ambulances are being diverted every week from their closest or most suitable hospital because that ED can't cope with their arrival. Daniel Andrews has purposefully stopped the public reporting of bypass data, so he can hide the reality of the problem and his failure to deliver on his promise.
The new Youth Therapeutic Order will enable mandatory drug and alcohol treatment to be ordered by the Children's Court for young people in the justice or child protection system. Treatment will be delivered in a new $30 million 36-bed secure drug and alcohol treatment facility, which will cost approximately $20 million per year to operate when up and running.
Instead of committing to protect Victorian children Daniel Andrews repeatedly criticised the Liberal Nationals policy and tried to pass the buck to others. It has taken Daniel Andrews over five months to match the Liberal Nationals policy for free flu vaccinations for Victorian children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.
In PAEC hearings it was confirmed that the Andrews Labor Government and Ambulance Victoria have taken their eye off key Ambulance performance measures. When questioned today the Secretary of DHHS and CEO of Ambulance Victoria were unable to answer a number of questions including how many ambulances were ramped, how many times Ambulance Crews were "redistributed" away from hospitals (formerly known as Bypass) and why AV responded to 37,000 fewer code 1 patients in less than 15 minutes.
Daniel Andrews has been caught out cutting cancer beds and it is thousands of Victorians with cancer who will miss out on world class care as a result. The fact is 32 public beds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital which were built as part of the 160 bed Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) have now been axed by this Labor Government.
Last night the Greens and Labor joined forces to vote against closing a loophole that allows up to 70,000 Victorian children to be exempt from the No Jab, No Play laws.
â€‹Today the Liberal Nationals will seek to amend the Health and Child Wellbeing Legislation Amendment Bill to close an alarming loophole which allows nearly 70,000 Victorian children to be exempt from the No Jab No Play Laws.