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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

BENDIGO LEADING THE WAY IN RECORD LOW AMBULANCE AND SURGERY WAIT TIMES

Ambulances are responding faster to life-threatening emergencies in the City of Greater Bendigo, while elective surgery waiting lists are at record lows.

The latest performance data released today shows the Andrews Labor Government’s major health funding boosts and reforms to Victoria’s ambulance system are delivering big benefits to Bendigo patients when they need it most.

For Bendigo Health, the data shows the hospital:

  • Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 1272 at the end of the March quarter to 1076 at the end of June.
  • Provided elective surgery to 100 per cent of Category One urgent patients within the benchmark 30 days – and more than half within 13 days.
  • Slashed 11 days off its median time to treatment for elective surgery patients (achieving 26 days) and 7 minutes off its median time to treatment for emergency department patients (achieving 14 minutes) when compared with the same quarter last year.  

Labor funded, started and finished the new Bendigo Hospital, so locals can get the best care close to home.

Across the state, 83.8 per cent of all Code One urgent ambulances are arriving at emergencies within 15 minutes, at an average 11:12 minutes of being called out – that’s 38 seconds faster than the same quarter one year prior and 2:41 minutes under the Liberals.

In the City of Greater Bendigo, we are seeing more improvement, with 83.1 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 80.4 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Greater Bendigo over the same period has improved from 12:08 minutes to 11:20 minutes.

The statewide data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were transferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent the previous quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors and nurses within 19 minutes.

Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients – that’s the lowest number on record, and a major improvement from the 50,054 waiting for surgery when the Liberals were in power.

Under the Liberals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in the recommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent.

The results are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investments, which have seen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join the front line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations where they’re needed.

They stand in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government – who went to war with our paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patients waiting too long for life-saving care and languishing on waiting lists.

 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy

“Elective surgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals and our ambulance system was in crisis. Now our hospitals and our ambulance service are performing better than ever before.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“This is great news for Bendigo patients. Ambulances are arriving faster at emergencies and hospitals are better equipped to give patients the high-quality care that they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This is Labor getting it done for Bendigo. It means world-class care is on its way sooner when patients need it most.”

 

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