Elective Surgery Waiting Lists At Their Lowest In Four Years

Elective Surgery Waiting Lists At Their Lowest In Four Years

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

Continuing Improvements To Hospital Performance

Victor P Taffa

  • Improved ambulance transfer times and emergency department performance
  • Significant improvement in elective surgery waiting list

Victoria’s public hospitals have made big improvements in the time taken to transfer patients from ambulances into the emergency department, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Davis said the improvements, detailed in the Victorian Health Services Performance report for the June quarter, showed that the reforms implemented by the Victorian Coalition Government after the Ambulance Transfer Taskforce late last year were working.

The proportion of transfers completed within 40 minutes has jumped from 76 % in the June 2013 quarter to 88.5 % now.

The June report also shows a significant drop in patients on the elective surgery waiting list, a 6,700 increase in patients admitted off the waiting list and big increases in the proportion of lower-urgency elective surgery patients receiving their surgery within clinically desirable time-frames.

“The June report confirms that the initiatives introduced to our public hospital system by the Victorian Coalition Government are working.” Mr. Davis said.

“These figures show that there has been a significant drop in ambulance transfer times to hospital; that record numbers of patients are receiving their elective surgery; that waiting lists are at their lowest for four years; and that a number of our hospitals have waiting lists lower than they were in 1999.”

“An increase in Victorian Government funding this year will enable hospitals to continue their focus on elective surgery. The 2014/15 Budget included a $190 Million boost to elective surgery over four years to drive down the list further. This is on top of normal hospital funding.” Mr. Davis said.

Official Department of Health figures show that hospitals treated a record 170,243 patients from the waiting list during 2013/14, which are 17,167 more than the previous year.

The report shows that 71 % of Category 2 semi-urgent elective surgery patients received their surgery within 90 days, up from 62 % a year earlier. More than half of them received their treatment within 55 days.

91 % of non-urgent Category 3 patients received their surgery within 365 days, up from 88 % a year earlier. More than half of them received their treatment within 87 days.

The June Performance report also shows:

  • Hospitals were on bypass just 1.6 % of the time in the June quarter – down from 2 % a year earlier;
  • Hospitals admitted 399,987 patients in the June quarter – compared with 376,326 admissions a year earlier;
  • Hospitals saw 394,458 patients in the emergency department – up from 380,795 in the June 2013 quarter;
  • 100 % of Category 1 emergency department patients were treated immediately on arrival, and 100 % of Category 1 elective surgery patients received their operation within 30 days.

“Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and support staff should be congratulated for their work in improving performance and treating more patients, more quickly.” Mr. Davis said.

“The Napthine Government has announced an average 5.1 % increase in bottom-line funding for our hospitals in 2014-15, which will help to further boost this performance.”