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20
Jul
2018

Daniel Andrews brags about health spending while Geelong residents wait longer for surgery

Despite extra funding, more Victorian patients are waiting longer for treatment under Daniel Andrews. Elective surgery waiting lists have increased by 1,700 patients, who are on average waiting a week longer for their operations.

Emergency departments are also under pressure with the proportion of patients transferred from ambulances to emergency departments well below the target of 90% and worse than under the previous Liberal Nationals Government.

At University Hospital Geelong, since Daniel Andrews was elected, the elective surgery waitlist has grown by 12% and patients are waiting two and half weeks longer for their elective surgery, with an average wait time of 40 days, up from 22.

In the emergency department, 60% of patients are treated within clinically recommended times, well short of the 80% target. On average, it takes 27 minutes to be treated in Geelong’s Emergency Department, 8 minutes longer than the state average of 19 minutes.

Last year Daniel Andrews 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.

Additional funding for our health services is always welcome, but Labor lies are not. In Government, the Liberals Nationals also invested in our health services, with a $2.6 billion increase in the health budget and many hundreds of new beds opened and underway.

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