Tuesday 3 March 2020
Unsafe and underfunded hospitals are the cost of Labor
The safety of Victorian patients has again been questioned in State Parliament following a 72-year-old woman at Sunshine Hospital receiving burns during a procedure on Monday.
Under questioning in State Parliament by the Liberal Nationals, Labor Health Minister Jenny Mikakos refused to rule out that the equipment fault and subsequent fire that caused the woman’s injuries was the result of outdated equipment.
Last year, hundreds of patients at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg had their surgeries potentially compromised by unclean and outdated surgical equipment while hundreds more had their surgery cancelled.
Since the 2018 election, Victorians have endured Labor’s funding cuts to dental and community health, funding shortfalls for hospital upgrades, denying infrastructure funding for 10 Community Hospitals, cuts to admitted acute care for four major hospital networks, cuts to women’s health, cuts to health protection services and cuts to cancer treatment technology and a further $4 billion worth of cuts to come.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:
“The investigation into this tragic incident should be made public, and resources must be given to all Victorian hospitals to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
“This is the cost of Labor with Victorians continuing to experience worsening health care.
“Andrews has buggered the budget and now Victorian hospitals are suffering the punishment.”