Mary Wooldridge MP

Health Portfolio Media Releases

Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health

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Daniel Andrews hiding evidence of Emergency Department pressure

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hundreds of critically ill Victorians in ambulances are being diverted every week from their closest or most suitable hospital because that ED can't cope with their arrival. Daniel Andrews has purposefully stopped the public reporting of bypass data, so he can hide the reality of the problem and his failure to deliver on his promise.

Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment to give families hope and keep communities safe

Monday, March 05, 2018

The new Youth Therapeutic Order will enable mandatory drug and alcohol treatment to be ordered by the Children's Court for young people in the justice or child protection system. Treatment will be delivered in a new $30 million 36-bed secure drug and alcohol treatment facility, which will cost approximately $20 million per year to operate when up and running.

Daniel Andrews shamed into matching Liberal Nationals free flu vaccinations policy

Monday, February 26, 2018

Instead of committing to protect Victorian children Daniel Andrews repeatedly criticised the Liberal Nationals policy and tried to pass the buck to others. It has taken Daniel Andrews over five months to match the Liberal Nationals policy for free flu vaccinations for Victorian children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.

Victorians in the dark on Ambulance Performance

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In PAEC hearings it was confirmed that the Andrews Labor Government and Ambulance Victoria have taken their eye off key Ambulance performance measures. When questioned today the Secretary of DHHS and CEO of Ambulance Victoria were unable to answer a number of questions including how many ambulances were ramped, how many times Ambulance Crews were "redistributed" away from hospitals (formerly known as Bypass) and why AV responded to 37,000 fewer code 1 patients in less than 15 minutes.

Daniel Andrews cuts Cancer Beds again

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Daniel Andrews has been caught out cutting cancer beds and it is thousands of Victorians with cancer who will miss out on world class care as a result. The fact is 32 public beds at the Royal Melbourne Hospital which were built as part of the 160 bed Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) have now been axed by this Labor Government.

Labor and the Greens vote against strengthening No Jab, No Play laws

Friday, February 09, 2018

Last night the Greens and Labor joined forces to vote against closing a loophole that allows up to 70,000 Victorian children to be exempt from the No Jab, No Play laws.

Time to strengthen childhood vaccination, Daniel Andrews

Thursday, February 08, 2018

​Today the Liberal Nationals will seek to amend the Health and Child Wellbeing Legislation Amendment Bill to close an alarming loophole which allows nearly 70,000 Victorian children to be exempt from the No Jab No Play Laws.

Bendigo Hospital still not 'officially' open

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Daniel Andrews should explain to residents why they are waiting longer for elective surgery, despite having a new $630m hospital. For a Government addicted to plaques and photo opportunities, there have clearly been major failures at Bendigo Health for the local MPs to not have insisted on an official event.

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre feeling the pressure

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in one form or another has been operating since 1917, and there is no doubt it has made a very significant difference to the health and well being of many Victorians over that extended period of time. In the last 10 years the number of individuals who visited the centre has increased from 11,400 per year to 24,100.

Another massive cost blowout under Daniel Andrews

Monday, December 18, 2017

Victorians want world-class medical care, but Daniel Andrews' standalone heart hospital has been plagued by massive cost blowouts and delays. Today Daniel Andrews has revealed the cost of the Heart Hospital has blown out by a massive 210 per cent, from $150 million to $470 million.

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