Where are the beds at Angliss Hospital, Mr Napthine?

The Napthine Government has failed to keep its promise to provide hundreds of extra beds across Victoria despite Angliss Hospital desperately needing the extra facilities, Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino said today.

Mr Merlino said Premier Denis Napthine needed to ensure that the budget invests in Victoria’s health system and fulfills his promise to open new beds, including at Angliss Hospital for families in the outer east.

“Mr Napthine must use next week’s State Budget to reverse the damage, particularly at Angliss Hospital, following the Coalition Government’s $616 million cuts over the past two years,” Mr Merlino said.

“Mr Napthine needs to stop neglecting Angliss Hospital and start reversing the trend of deteriorating services that have been a hallmark of the past two and half years.

“We already know that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) said that there were 36 less hospital beds inVictoriaafter the Coalition Government’s first full year, when it had promised to deliver 100 by that time.

“The Opposition has asked Mr Napthine, his Health Minister, David Davis, and his predecessor Ted Baillieu on 10 separate occasions to outline where these beds are, and on each time they refused to answer the question.

“Now we know now they simply don’t exist – not at Angliss Hospital, not anywhere in Victoria.

At Angliss Hospital, we know that on 31 December 2012 there were already 782 people waiting for surgery – and that number’s only going to increase as result of the government’s $616m cuts to health.

By the end of June, there will be 5684 people waiting for surgery at Eastern Health – that’s a 14.5% increase in one year.

In the most recent hospital performance report it showed that Angliss has also failed to meet treatment targets for Urgent (Category 3) Emergency Department patients, who should be seen in 30 minutes.

And 4 out of every 10 semi-urgent (category 2) elective surgery patients are not getting their surgery within 90 days.

The Coalition Government’s savage cuts to Victoria’s health system are starting to bite. More than 55,000 people will be waiting for surgery across the state at the end of June. That’s 16,000 more than when Labor left office.

“Not delivering a single extra bed to Angliss Hospital is another epic failure by this Government in running our state’s health system,” Mr Merlino said.

“Unless health is a main plank of next week’s state budget, Angliss Hospital won’t get the extra funding it so urgently needs and the community will pay the price,” Mr Merlino said.

If you or someone in your family has been affected by the Victorian Coalition Government’s health cuts, we want to hear from you. You can find further information and tell your story online at www.wherearethebeds.com.au.