Media Release

01 February 2016

Wooldridge: Patients wait and wait under Daniel Andrews

Monday 1 February 2016


Patients Wait and Wait under Daniel Andrews

Key Facts:

According to the Labor Government’s latest Health Performance data:

Across Victoria, 43,588 patients are waiting for the elective surgery – an increase of 2,700 since Daniel Andrews came to office.

Over 9,000 patients are currently waiting over clinically recommended times for their elective surgery – an increase of 1,000 from just 3 months ago.

In addition, over 97,000 people were not treated in clinically appropriate times in our Emergency Departments.

Victorians with ‘Urgent’ health needs are waiting over six months for a first appointment with a specialist under Labor, including:

  • 196 days for an urgent Urology referral at Austin Health, and
  • 227 days for an urgent Ophthalmology appointment at Ballarat Health.

For patients with ‘Routine’ referrals they can wait up to four and a half years before they see a specialist with waits of:

  • 1,697 days at Melbourne Health for an Ear, Nose and Throat appointment
  • 1,247 days at Ballarat Health for General Surgery, and
  • 1,218 days at the Eye and Ear Hospital for Ophthalmology.


Comments from Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge:

Under Daniel Andrews we’re seeing thousands more Victorian patients waiting for health care.

The blow-out in patients waiting for surgery is not surprising given it was Daniel Andrews who thought it was ok to scrap beds and operating theatres at the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Daniel Andrews needs to explain to Victorians how he is going to fix his crisis in waiting times for Victorians needing surgery instead of always looking to blame others.