Mary Wooldridge MP

Health Portfolio Media Releases

Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health

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New Bendigo Hospital

Friday, March 03, 2017

We do know of course that the cancer centre would not have existed if the Liberals and Nationals did not commit to it. We made a commitment of an additional $100 million that meant that the new Bendigo Hospital would not only be a new hospital but would have additional beds, a mother and baby unit — something I am very proud of — an integrated cancer centre and new educational facilities. So this new Bendigo Hospital is world class because of the additional $100 million commitment, and it has realised that full potential.

Daniel Andrews Axing Cancer Beds Costing Victorians $100m

Friday, February 24, 2017

​The massive cost of Daniel Andrews’ ideological decision to scrap Peter Mac Private on the 13th floor of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) continues to grow. Secretary Kym Peake revealed at a Department of Health and Human Services parliamentary estimates inquiry that the State Government has spent $11.9m fitting out the 13th floor of the VCCC for tenants who have yet to move in.

Thunderstorm Asthma - Communications Failure

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It is unacceptable that Daniel Andrews' review into the Thunderstorm Asthma event will take over five months. Daniel Andrews and Jill Hennessy continue to avoid answering basic questions about what else could have and should have been done, instead relying on a drawn-out review, which won’t report till late April.

Country Hospitals Struggling

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Annual reports just released in parliament indicate 21 Victorian hospitals are currently operating in deficit - 19 of these are located in rural and regional areas. Why is it that more often than not, when we hear of a hospital service facing cuts or struggling to retain doctors, it is in a regional area?

Ambulance Response Times

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Before the last election, Daniel Andrews claimed ambulance response times were in crisis and said he would fix it. After nearly two years as Premier, he is nowhere near his target, with response times similar to what they were under the previous government when Daniel Andrews claimed it was a crisis.

Daniel Andrews Fails to Deliver Ambulance Performance Targets

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Premier made election commitments to improve ambulance performance. More than a year into his leadership, data released today has revealed a failure by the Premier to deliver on his commitments.

Cancer Beds Closed at Peter Mac

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Daniel Andrews refusal to properly fund the hospital has meant that beds and theatres are closed. Without additional funding from the Andrews Government, Peter Mac is operating at its old capacity, simply in a new location.

Daniel Andrews' Cardiac Plan - All About His Ego and Not Heart Health

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Daniel Andrews’ pigheadedness means Victoria will bypass the unique opportunity to get our brand new Heart Hospital right. In the ultimate display of hypocrisy, Daniel Andrews welcomes private healthcare for people with heart disease when he has denied thousands of cancer sufferers access to private treatment at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Nurses' EBA

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Daniel Andrews needs to guarantee that the hundreds of millions of additional dollars that this agreement will cost Victorian hospitals and health services will be fully funded by his government and that hospitals and health services will not have to cut patient care to pay for this expensive deal.

Victorian Health Budget

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This budget has seen funding for Dental Health slashed by 15% after acknowledging that "good oral health is the foundation for good overall health". A paramedic pay rise, set to cost Victorian tax payers $54 million and delivers nothing for core public health issues of smoking or obesity.

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