ONLY 50 percent of patients seen in GV Health’s emergency department are being seen in an adequate time according to recent Victorian Health Services Performance Report statistics, suggesting that without the much needed funding for the hospital, figures may decline further.
The new figures show a continued decrease in patients being treated on time, with the June 2015 quarter recording 64 percent of patients treated within an acceptable time, which fell to 51 percent for the September 2015 quarter and continued to decline for the December 2015 quarter.
While 7,397 patients were treated at GV Health’s emergency department in the October-December 2015 quarter, the statistics reveal that only one in two had been treated within an acceptable time frame.
Comparing Shepparton’s figures with other regional cities such as Bendigo, which saw 68 percent of patients treated in acceptable time frames in the October-December 2014 quarter only dropping to 66 percent for the same period in 2015, the statistics show that GV Health’s emergency department is the worst-performing in Victoria.
Echuca saw a 90 percent rate of patients seen in an acceptable time frame in the October-December 2014 quarter, dropping to 84 percent in the same period for 2015.
Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said, “The number of patients being treated at the Shepparton campus has remained basically static since the April-June 2015 quarter, however the number of patients presenting to the emergency department continued to increase across this same period, meaning that due to the limited capacity of the emergency department, the percentage of patients treated within time has continued to decrease.
“This is more inescapable proof that the Andrews Labor Government needs to immediately fund the redevelopment of GV Health.”