Slashing hospital waiting lists to Recover and Rebuild


Monday 14 February 2022

A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will halve surgery waiting lists in our first term.

Under Labor, surgery waiting lists have doubled to more than 80,000 people – enough to almost fill the MCG.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, Daniel Andrews and Labor presided over the most under-funded public health team in the nation, and Victoria’s health system has suffered from workforce shortages, IT problems and regular ambulance ramping.

Victoria has been the only state to impose a Code Brown on our hospital system, and blanket bans on elective surgery have robbed thousands of Victorians the ability to be independent, pain free and have a better quality of life. 

This is the legacy of a Labor State Government that has been in power for 19 of the last 23 years, with Mr Andrews being in charge of health for 11 of the past 15 years. As a result of this mismanagement, Victoria’s healthcare system is letting Victorians down and causing our state to fall further behind.

As part of the Victorian Liberals and Nationals Recover. Rebuild plan, we will fix the healthcare crisis so Victorians can move forward with their lives.

A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will:

  • Halve surgery waiting lists in its first term
  • Build a new, dedicated Infectious Diseases Response Centre that will lead Australia in research and ensure our hospitals have the capacity to treat patients
  • End the blame game and work with the Federal Government and all healthcare providers to fix Victoria’s healthcare crisis
  • Avoid widespread Code Brown declarations and never postpone important medical procedures, such as cancer and heart surgery
  • Never place IVF on hold for Victorians wanting to have a family

Victorian families will never move forward while our healthcare system continues to let us down and hold us back.

A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will fix Victoria’s healthcare crisis so families and local communities can recover and rebuild.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“After two decades of Labor waste and mismanagement, our health system has fallen behind and is holding Victorians back.  

“A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will never deny Victorians the healthcare they deserve and act to cut surgery backlogs so people can recover, rebuild and move forward with their lives.”

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“The current crisis in our health system is the result of decades of under-investment and mismanagement in our health system by Labor governments.

“Our plan will halve surgery wait times so Victorians can have confidence they’ll receive the healthcare they deserve, regardless of what the future holds.”  

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