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Massive blowouts in surgery and ambulance wait times under Labor

Ambulance response times are getting longer for Victorians and hospital elective surgery continue to get worse.


That’s according to the latest quarterly performance data of Victorian hospitals, which show 10,854 Victorians have been added to public hospitals’ elective surgery waiting lists since July 1, 2019.


That’s a massive 27 per cent increase in Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists in just six months.


Before the 2018 State Election, Daniel Andrews promised that all of Victoria’s hospitals would provide timely surgery. Just over a year later this commitment has been left by the wayside as our over-burdened hospitals struggle to deal with these pressures.

Ambulance Performance Data from the last quarter paints a similar discouraging picture with the time taken for a patient to be transferred from an ambulance to an emergency department increasing to an average of 23 minutes; three minutes longer than when Daniel Andrews was first elected in 2014.


If the Andrews Government is serious about supporting Victoria’s health system, why are elective surgery waiting times and ambulance response times blowing out?


Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health and Shadow Minister for Ambulance Services, Georgie Crozier:


“Labor’s priorities are all wrong. Andrews has wasted billions on budget blowouts while patients are languishing in pain without getting the care they need.


“Daniel Andrews’ savage health cuts are placing lives at risk.


“The cost of Labor is growing surgery waiting lists and poor ambulance performance.”