5017 WAITING AT EASTERN HEALTH HOSPITALS

The Napthine Government has released its latest hospital data which shows a further blowout in the number of Victorians waiting for elective surgery, Member for Monbulk, James Merlino said today.

Mr Merlino said the Victorian Health Services Performance Data for the March 2013 quarter, showed 870 patients were now waiting for surgery at the Angliss Hospital, 1,213 waiting at Maroondah and 2,934 waiting at Box Hill hospital, and the state-wide elective surgery waiting list was now at a record 50,565.

“Premier Napthine’s savage cuts to health are the reason why so many people in East now waiting for surgery they desperately need,” Mr Merlino said.

“And last week’s State Budget showed Mr Napthine’s response to this growing crisis was to cut a further $210 million out of health.

“How much more evidence does Mr Napthine need that his Health Minister, David Davis, cannot manage our health system?

“Mr Davis avoided scrutiny this week by releasing the data under the cover of the Federal Budget and only after he had finished at the Public Accounts and Estimates hearing.”

Mr Merlino said the cuts made by the Liberal Government meant that local hospitals had failed to meet the key targets.

Mr Merlino said the latest round of hospital data came on top of data revealing blowouts in ambulance ramping and response time in both metropolitan areas, as well as across the state.

“Overworked and under resourced paramedics are struggling to keep up with demand. They are encountering more logjams at hospital emergency departments, which are struggling to process patients as they arrive in a timely manner,” Mr Merlino said.

“In almost every measure, our health system is going backwards – this is what happens when you cut $826 million from the health system over two and a half years.

“Far from doing what they said at the election, Denis Napthine and the Liberal Government is not fixing the problems, they have become the problem.”