NORTHERN LEADS AS HOSPITAL WAITING LISTS HIT A SIX-YEAR LOW
The number of Victorian patients waiting for elective surgery is at its lowest level since June 2010.
The latest Victorian Health Services Performance data, released today, shows the state’s hospitals admitted and treated 48,222 patients from the elective surgery waiting list in the June quarter – the highest number ever.
On 30 June this year, 37,004 people remained on the list – the lowest number since the last year of the Brumby Labor Government, when 36,988 patients were waiting for elective surgery.
The Northern Hospital has played its role in the significant improvement in elective surgery waits, with the number of waiting patients dropping by 233 at the end of June.
Waiting lists skyrocketed during the term of the Liberals, hitting a record 50,054 patients in March 2013.
Ambulance response figures, also released today, show that most Victorians communities are waiting less time for an ambulance.
Since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, the average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident or emergency has improved across most of the state, with significant improvements in reaching time-critical patients.
The reduced wait times reflect the Labor Government’s boost to hospital and ambulance funding.
The 2016/17 Victorian Budget included a $335 million boost for elective surgery and an immediate $20 million capital works injection. As part of this year’s Budget, $60 million was provided to the Response Time Rescue Fund to improve responses times for patients waiting for an ambulance.
The VHSP shows the Northern Hospital performed strongly in a number of key areas, including:
- Treated 1728 patients from the elective surgery waiting list in the June quarter, up on the 1323 waiting list admissions in the previous 3 months.
- Reduction in the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 2222 at the end of the March quarter to 1989 at the end of June.
- Admitted 8825 emergency patients in the 3 months to the end of June – up from 6779 emergency admissions a year earlier.
- Reduced the median time to treatment in the emergency department, for all Categories of emergency patients, compared to this time last year.
- Treated half of the hospital’s Category 1 elective surgery patients within 12 days – well under the 30-day benchmark.
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Our hospitals admitted more patients in the June quarter than ever before – 445,145 patients, 7.1 per cent more than a year earlier. Hospitals also saw 420,766 patients in the emergency department – up from 402,681 a year earlier. Emergency department attendances have increased by over 36 per cent in the last four years, with the level of care patients need also increasing, placing more pressure on emergency department staff.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley
“Elective surgery waiting lists blew out to more than 50,000 under the Liberals. The Andrews Labor Government has pulled the waiting lists back to their lowest level in six years, and patients are receiving their operations more quickly.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio, MP
“The latest Performance data confirms that the Northern and our other hospitals are working hard and treating more patients despite the money being ripped away from them by the Federal Liberal Government.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, MP
“Victoria’s elective surgery patients are receiving their operations quicker as a result of our record Budget funding.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, MP
“Our investment in ambulance services means Whittlesea’s patients are receiving the care they need sooner, but we aren’t resting on our laurels, I’m urging the Premier and Health Minister to build an ambulance branch for Mernda and Doreen so we continue to drive response times down.”