Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health
Patients across Victoria are experiencing delays receiving timely medical treatment as hospitals face pressure from the Andrews government to report low surgical waiting list numbers in the lead up to November's election.
New figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show that even Victorian hospitals aren't immune to Daniel Andrews' crime tsunami. According to the Crime Statistics Agency, assaults in hospitals have risen 41% since 2014, from 285 to 403. This is compared to assaults Victoria-wide which are up 16%.
This morning the Victorian Auditor-General has released a damning report into community health services under the Andrews Labor Government. The report details that after nearly four years of the Andrews Government, a failure of leadership, lack of oversight and funding inadequacies have compromised basic health care to those who need it most.
Daniel Andrews and Jill Hennessy have a potential health crisis that is solely their responsibility. Having made the free flu vaccination commitment, Jill Hennessy should have ensured Victoria had supplies to vaccinate every Victorian child.
No funding for new Footscray or Warragul Hospitals, or the redevelopment of the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne, or Warrnambool Hospital despite all 5 projects having received planning funding in recent years.
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.