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Andrews’ health crisis continues to deepen

Today’s latest health figures paint a bleak picture for all Victorians as Daniel Andrews’ health crisis worsens.

The figures confirm that more than 18,000 Victorians have been added to Victoria’s record elective surgery waiting list over the past 12 months. Concerningly, the number of patients who need the most urgent surgery (Category 1) has grown by more than 12 per cent this quarter.

Across all surgery categories, waiting lists have increased in the quarter at the following hospitals: Angliss, Austin, Ballarat, Bendigo, Box Hill, Footscray, Maroondah, Wangaratta, Shepparton, St Vincent’s, Northern, Royal Children’s, Royal Melbourne, Eye and Ear, University, Warrnambool and Werribee.

This quarter, a further 8,352 patients were removed from the elective surgery waiting list. These include people who left Victoria for surgery interstate or overseas, or died. That is a total of 27,474 over the past year.

A record 7,510 patients are now waiting longer than 365 days for vital treatment and surgery.

Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier, said Daniel Andrews is failing sick Victorians and their families as the health crisis continues to deepen.

“Despite all the promises from Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s health crisis keeps getting worse. The person who got us into this mess is not the one to fix it.”

“The Liberals and Nationals have real solutions to give Victorians the care they deserve. We will shelve Daniel Andrews’ $35 billion rail line from Cheltenham to Box Hill and put every cent into health.”

“Only a vote for the Liberals and Nationals will end the health crisis.”

Georgie Crozier MP

Shadow Minister for Health

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