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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

ELECTIVE SURGERY IN CRISIS - EDWARDS

Massive funding cuts to health in Victoria have caused elective surgery rates to fall to levels not seen for nearly a decade, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said today.

Victorian Labor has released a report that shows the elective surgery performance of Victorian Hospitals is in crisis under the Baillieu Ryan Government.

“The elective surgery targets for 2011/12 which are set by Health Minister David Davis, show that there will be a significant 5 per cent drop in the proportion of people needing elective surgeries to those performed,” Ms Edwards said.

“Labor invested to reduce the number of people waiting for elective surgery to be one in five of all people on a waiting list. Under Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan this has increased to one in four.”

“Elective surgeries show how Victoria’s hospitals are performing and after two years of shrinking budgets under a Liberal National Government, this report reveals there is a looming disaster in Victoria’s health system.”

“Having cut hundreds of jobs and slashing more than $600 million from the state’s health budget, Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan must accept the health system is approaching breaking point.”

Ms Edwards said if the Baillieu Ryan Government continued its health cuts, the elective surgery waiting list would top 50,000 this year.

“Ted Baillieu and Peter Ryan promised Victorians they would slash elective surgery waiting lists by injecting 800 new beds into the hospital system,” Ms Edwards said.

“Yet, after two years in the job, Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan can’t prove the existence of one single extra bed added to system, so it comes as no surprise that the elective waiting list is blowing out under the Baillieu Ryan Government.”

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