Failure to invest in Victoria’s hospitals is putting patients’ lives at risk.
Patients waiting for life saving surgery are facing potentially weeks of uncertainty after the Andrews Labor Government rejected the Austin Hospital’s $90 million rescue plea to upgrade the outdated equipment.
In addition, the possibility of cyber attacks on Victorian hospitals was raised in Parliament in February and VAGO warned the Government in May of the many risks and shortcomings. Still Daniel Andrews failed to invest properly to protect patient safety and our hospitals. Then, on 30 September, the South West Alliance of Rural Health, which incorporates hospitals in Colac and district, had its information technologies attacked by unknown offenders, activating emergency protocols.
The Andrews Labor Government has also taken the scalpel to Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships as Labor’s health funding cuts continue to be exposed. Primary Care Partnerships bring together local health and human service providers to improve access to services and provide continuity of care for people in their community. They are hospitals, community health services, Primary Health Networks, local governments, mental health services, drug treatment services and disability services.
Primary Care Partnerships have played an important role in Victoria’s health network for two decades, yet these latest cuts are another example of Daniel Andrews inability to manage money.