Health performance data again highlights need for upgrades

The latest hospital performance data again builds the case for the stage two upgrade of the Warrnambool Base Hospital, according to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell.

Data shows that in the October to December reporting period, 5,945 people presented at the emergency department, up on the 5,680 who sought treatment in the July to September reporting period.

Figures also show there were 988 people on the elective surgery waiting list as of December 31, 2016 compared to 861 on September 30, 2016.

It is only the second time elective surgery waiting lists for the hospital have been made public.

“It just shows that the two areas earmarked for upgrade, the emergency department and operating theatres, are under increasing pressure,” Mrs Britnell said.

“The emergency department is full, and there are more and more people presenting there for treatment. Now we finally have elective surgery waiting list figures, we can see just how urgent the upgrade of the operating theatre is.

“The Health Minister Jill Hennessy visited the hospital in December and said she now has a ‘greater understanding of the hospital’s needs’.

“It’s now time for her to formally recognise those needs and commit funding to the upgrades in the next state budget.”

The Liberal National Coalition has already committed $100 million to the project if it wins government at the 2018 election.

Mrs Britnell also took aim at the Minister’s comments about elective surgery waiting times.

“It seems odd that the Minister pointed out that if two extra hospitals, including the Warrnambool Base Hospital, weren’t counted, elective surgery waiting list numbers would have been the best ever,” Mrs Britnell said.

“Of course the data is going to look better if you’re not counting all the data. It just shows how this government is prepared to manipulate the figures to make themselves look better.”

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