Media Release

27 April 2018

Wooldridge: Patients waiting, waiting, waiting under Daniel Andrews

Friday 27 April 2018

Patients waiting, waiting, waiting under Daniel Andrews

Hospital performance data released today shows many areas of our hospitals are struggling under Labor.

A number of performance measures have become significantly worse under this Labor Government.

After over 3 years of Daniel Andrews and Labor:

  • Fewer patients are being transferred from Ambulances to Emergency Departments in under the 40 minute benchmark (85.1% vs 88.4%), with Sunshine (75%), Shepparton (75.4%) and Dandenong (75.8%) with the lowest rates.
  • There are 1,739 more patients waiting for elective surgery (42,608 now waiting), with the biggest increases at Angliss (87% increase), Eye and Ear (38% increase) and Sunshine (35% increase)
  • 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. Southwest Healthcare has the longest time until treatment at 62 days, followed by Sandringham (58 days) and Casey and Wangaratta (50 days).
  • Since mid-2016, patients are waiting 8 months longer for general dental care (waiting an average of 19.6 months)
  • Patients are waiting much longer for urgent specialist clinic appointments, with median wait times at 22 days (Austin 41 days and Barwon Health 35) and 90 percentile at 80 days wait (Western Health 150 days).

Quotes attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“Daniel Andrews tries to talk up a good game on the performance of our hospitals under Labor, but the reality is blocked emergency departments, more patients waiting longer for their elective surgery and people also waiting longer for specialist appointments in the first place.

“Labor has failed to improve Hospital performance and sick Victorians and their families are paying the price.”