In Parliament

Members Statement - Health System in Crisis



Wednesday, 6 October 2021.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton):

With over 18 months to prepare for the pandemic it is more than just outrageous that Labor has not prepared our health system.

The system is now in crisis.

We know that the Premier promised to deliver 4,000 ICU beds in April last year at a cost of $1.3 billion.

Although the money has been spent, we don’t even know how many beds have been delivered. Reports suggest roughly 400.

Ambulances are all lined up outside of hospitals each night with sick patients unable to get the urgent care they desperately need.

And alarmingly, a record number of people who have been calling 000 have been left waiting.

The health system is in crisis and Labor has done nothing to alleviate the pain for those in need of urgent health care.