Media Release

01 August 2018

Wooldridge: Hospital performance at Dandenong, disappointing under Daniel Andrews

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Hospital performance at Dandenong, disappointing under Daniel Andrews

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 emergency department and elective surgery performance at Dandenong Hospital.

Since Daniel Andrews was elected, patients are now waiting more than two weeks longer for elective surgery, from 14 days to 29. Now 85% of elective surgeries are completed within clinically recommended times, down from 90% four years ago.

In the emergency department, patients are waiting twice as long for treatment than they were four years ago, with the median wait time up from 9 minutes to 19. This translates to just 71% of patients being treated within clinically recommended times, down from 88% four years ago. In real terms, 4,700 people waited longer than clinically recommended for emergency treatment at Dandenong Hospital in the last quarter.

Patients are also taking longer to be transferred from ambulances with 77% transferred within the 40-minute target, down from 97% 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. Daniel Andrews has failed to make the investment needed at Dandenong Hospital to ensure patients can access care in a timely manner.”