The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on an immediate investment by the Andrews Labor Government at the Northern Hospital in Epping, after a recent experience by one of her constituents.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell retold the recent visit of Christine, who was left waiting in the emergency department of Northern Health for nearly 26 hours while she waited for a CT scan and ultimately a hospital bed, all the while exposed to both COVID positive and possible COVID positive patients nearby.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said the ambulances at the Northern Hospital were experiencing a four hour wait with their patients on the night Christine arrived and her experience was proof Victoria’s hospital system was broken, with staff overworked and an acute shortage of hospital beds. To add insult to injury, two days after she was released Christine was informed that the emergency department of the hospital had been identified as a Tier 1 exposure site and ordered to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
Ms Lovell called on Health Minister Martin Foley to order an assessment of the capacity of Northern Health to cope with the additional demand it is experiencing due to COVID-19, and provide the funding, staff and infrastructure needed to ensure the health needs and safety of all patients are met.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Labor have been in government, and in charge of Victoria’s health system for 18 of the past 22 years and have no-one else to blame for the broken state of Victoria’s health system.
“Christine’s shocking experience at the Northern Hospital is proof of how bad it really is for our healthcare professional and the patients they look after.
“Minister Foley needs to act immediately and provide the Northern Hospital with the resources they need to deliver the first-class health care Victorians deserve.”
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