Media Release

01 August 2018

Wooldridge: Half of Sunshine Hospital’s emergency patients not treated within recommended times

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Half of Sunshine Hospital’s emergency patients not treated within recommended times

Daniel Andrews and his Government are so consumed by rorts and the Victoria Police investigation that they are neglecting the things that matter to Victorians.

The quarterly performance data of Victorian hospitals, released on Tuesday, paints a concerning picture of the emergency department at Sunshine Hospital.

Their emergency department remains the worst in the state with patients waiting 37 minutes for treatment, 20 minutes longer than the state average of 17 minutes.

Despite the emergency department treating 5% fewer patients than at this time last year, patients are now waiting longer for treatment. 8,900 patients in the last quarter (April – June 2018) were not treated within clinically recommended times, which equates to 48% of all patients at Sunshine’s Emergency Department.

Compared to when Daniel Andrews was elected, patients are also taking longer to be transferred from ambulances into the emergency department with 77% transferred within the 40-minute target, down from 89% four years ago.

You can’t trust Daniel Andrews on Health, last year he cut funding for thousands of patients with complex conditions and soaring power prices left health services on the hook for bills they could hardly afford to pay. Labor has had to repeatedly scramble to provide top up funding to keep our hospitals running.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“While Daniel Andrews’ government is in crisis with six Ministers under investigation by the Victoria Police Fraud and Extortion Squad, our hospitals are being left behind.

“These aren’t just figures, they’re people lives and poor performance can have dramatic consequences – just last month we heard the tragic tale of a baby who died after waiting too long in Sunshine’s Emergency Department.