More elective surgery uncertainty from the Andrews Labor Government

Thousands of Victorians will be left waiting in pain due to the ongoing crisis in Victoria’s public hospitals.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been months of elective surgery suspensions.

The latest 50 per cent cut to elective surgery from 1 October this year is just another blow to patients waiting desperately for treatment.

With more than 66,000 Victorians already waiting for elective surgery, these ongoing suspensions mean thousands more will join them, and the backlog will continue to grow.

It’s time the Andrews Labor Government comes clean on when and how it will get elective surgeries back at 100 per cent capacity and clear the lengthy backlog, as patients continue to wait in pain and agony.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“More than 66,000 Victorians are already waiting for elective surgery and Labor’s repeated suspension of these surgeries is only going to lead to thousands more Victorians languishing in pain and agony.

“This is just another example of the Andrews Labor Government failing when it comes to the health of Victorians. It’s had more than 18 months to prepare the health system for the inevitable surge in COVID-19 patients, yet it still resorts to suspending 50 per cent of elective surgeries.”