Media Release

02 April 2015

Wooldridge: Daniel Andrews fails to commit on hospital beds

Thursday 2 April 2015


Daniel Andrews fails to commit on hospital beds

The Travis report makes the following key points:

  • The Victorian public hospital system is well equipped to meet the immediate challenges of a growing population with increasing demand for health services
  • There have been significant improvements in hospital productivity
  • There has been demonstrated initiative to improve access to elective surgery by cooperating across Health Services to utilise unused theatre capacity.

Setting the record straight:

  • Over its term of government, the Coalition Government invested an additional $2.66 billion per annum in Health Services, equivalent to a 21.6% increase in funding.
  • As at June 2014, the Coalition had delivered more than 700 additional beds into the Victorian system since coming to government, and was on track to reach the 800 additional bed target by June 2015.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge:

“This report is an endorsement of the former Coalition Government’s investment in our health system.”

“There are 15 important recommendations in Dr Travis’ report and Daniel Andrews has not committed to a single one of them.”

“This is yet another example of Daniel Andrews being more interested in playing politics then delivering outcomes for Victorians.”