Mary Wooldridge MP is the Shadow Minister for Health
Victorians can now have their say on Daniel Andrewsâ€™ plan to scrap 42 hospital beds from the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The Andrews Government is under fire after announcing plans to tear up an agreement that would deliver world class cancer care services for more Victorians.
Wendy Harris is a casualty of Daniel Andrews acting in his own political interests, not in the interests of Victorians. Wendy is a highly respected board chair and has voted with her feet as a result of Daniel Andrewsâ€™ continued political interference in the operations of Peter Mac. Daniel Andrews has tried to sneak out this announcement late on a Friday to avoid public scrutiny.
Thousands of patients will miss out on cancer treatment at Peter Mac hospital due to the State government cancelling 42 extra cancer beds for Peter Mac earlier this year.Victorians have paid a high price for Daniel Andrewsâ€™ ideologically-driven decision to tear up years of hard work by doctors, research institutions, board members and donors to further build Melbourne as a world-class centre for cancer treatment and research.
Former President of the Australian Medical Association Victoria, Dr Doug Travis, has released the interim report into a state-wide census of bed and theatre capacity, and has provided early recommendations about how to increase the capacity of Victorian public hospitals.
Daniel Andrews needs to stop dragging his feet and commit to banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. This is a public health issue. Victoria is now the only state in Australia that does not have a timetable for such a ban.
Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, today welcomed the opening of the $81 million Frankston Hospital redevelopment, which was planned, funded and built under the Coalition Government.