Labor Will Find Napthine’s Lost Hospital Beds

An Andrews Labor Government will appoint an independent expert to find the missing beds in Denis Napthine’s health system.

Respected surgeon and former AMA Victoria President, Dr Doug Travis, will conduct a state-wide census of bed and theatre capacity, and provide recommendations about how to increase the capacity of Victorian hospitals.

The announcement comes after the Napthine Government broke a key election promise to add 800 new beds to the system and buried documents and figures that would detail the true state of the health system.

Key Facts

  • Dr Travis will provide an interim report by 31 March 2015 and a final report by 30 June 2015.
  • Dr Travis will be supported by a team within the Health Department, and his reports will help inform Labor’s future investment in health services in Victoria.
  • In preparing his reports, Dr Travis will be asked to have regard to the following:
    • Identification of the number of beds and theatres at each health service; how many are currently operational and how many are ‘closed.’
    • Minor capital works that would allow additional beds to be opened
    • Strategies to improve the capacity of our hospitals, in order to reduce the elective surgery waiting list, free up overcrowded emergency departments and reduce the time ambulances spend in hospital carparks.
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