Media Release

01 August 2018

Wooldridge: Warrnambool Hospital’s surgery wait, the worst in country Victoria

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Warrnambool Hospital’s surgery wait, the worst in country Victoria

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 elective surgery at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool.

While the Government issued a media release announcing that “Warrnambool are leading the way in record low ambulance and surgery wait times”, they presented selective data about health service performance under the Andrews Labor Government.

They ignored emergency department performance and were selective in the way they presented data on elective surgery wait times.

The median wait time for elective surgery is the longest outside metropolitan Melbourne. The median wait at Warrnambool is 54 days, which is more than two weeks longer than the rest of the state, who have a median time of 29 days.

In the emergency department, performance has declined. 22% of patients are not treated within clinically recommended times. Despite treating fewer patients, the average wait for emergency treatment is now longer than it was 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.

“There’s no doubt Warrnambool Hospital needs an upgrade and the Liberal Nationals remain the only party with money on the table to rebuild the Warrnambool’s emergency department and theatres.”