Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge
New health performance data reveals that patients in Casey are waiting longer in emergency departments and for extended periods of time for specialist appointments since Daniel Andrews came to Government.
The proportion of patients being treated in appropriate times at Casey Hospital emergency department has dramatically deteriorated since Daniel Andrews came into office, with more than 5,000 patients (34%) not receiving emergency treatment within the clinically recommended timeframe, in the last quarter alone.
In addition, patients are waiting longer to be transferred from the ambulance to the emergency department upon arrival at Casey hospital, with just 82% of patients being transferred within 40 minutes – 11% fewer patients than when Daniel Andrews first came into government.
Specialist Wait Clinics
Patients being referred to specialists can wait more than 8 months for a consultation, with wait times for some Monash Health patients over:
• 242 days for Plastic Surgery
• 242 days for Gynaecology
• 240 days for Neurosurgery
• 220 days for General Medicine
• 214 days for Oncology
• 159 days for Ear, Nose and Throat
Comments from Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge:
“In Casey patients are waiting longer for treatment in the emergency department and for their specialist appointments since Daniel Andrews became Premier.”
“Before the election Daniel Andrews claimed the Health system was in crisis and that he would fix it, but the reality is quite to opposite.”
“Daniel Andrews’ commitment to deliver the Casey Hospital expansion was millions of dollars short and is now delayed by years. The effects of Daniel Andrews’ broken promises are being felt by Casey patients in the emergency department and on the growing specialist waiting lists.”
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