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Not clear how Gippsland and Latrobe Valley hospitals performing during a pandemic after health services fail to finalise annual reports

The community has no clear idea of how local regional hospitals are performing during a pandemic after nearly 60 country health services failed to finalise their annual reports.

By news@gippsland - 29th October 2021 - Back to News

A dump of more than 200 annual reports in the Victorian Parliament this week did not include documents required from dozens of regional hospitals, including services in Sale, Yarram, Orbost, Omeo, South Gippsland and Warragul. Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Danny O'Brien said the worrying delays left the local community in the dark on whether our hospitals are properly equipped to deal with outbreaks.

A letter tabled in the Parliament by Health Minister Martin Foley pointed to

A letter tabled in the Parliament by Health Minister Martin Foley pointed to "the impacts of the pandemic upon the Hospital and Health Services, and delays associated with auditing" as the reason for the delay. But the Minister did not state when these reports will be finalised

Delay on reports need to be explained

Mr O'Brien said, "The pandemic has put a huge strain on our health system, with cases expected to rise in regional Victoria as the state reopens, it's more important than ever that we have a clear picture of how the local hospital is performing.

"Rural communities already experience significant disadvantages with access to health services and specialists and we need assurance that our hospitals are solvent and prepared. Our frontline workers like nurses and doctors are under pressure, but they aren't the ones who prepare the annual reports so the Labor Government needs to explain the delay." Mr O'Brien said.

Health services are under-resourced

On the same day, the Government managed to find the resources to boast about a merger of health services in the Grampians region that locals are strongly opposed to. Shadow Minister for Health Georgie Crozier said if the Minister was aware rural hospitals were struggling to keep up, he must provide extra assistance.

Ms Crozier said, "Rural hospitals are the heart of regional communities and will continue to play a critical role in the pandemic response, along with the critical care and management for those within local communities, recent COVID outbreaks in Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and the Latrobe Valley have raised serious concerns that health services have been under-resourced by the Government to manage testing and vaccinations, while also meeting local health needs."

"The delay of these reports raises more red flags that the Andrews Labor Government isn't doing enough to make sure rural health services have the resources they need to meet changing demands." It also comes as the Andrews Labor Government axed funding to Primary Care Partnerships which oversee and coordinate localised health promotion programs in regional and rural Victoria.

List of delayed annual reports

Full list of hospitals and health services with delayed annual reports

Albury WodongaGreat Ocean Road HealthRadiation Advisory Committee
Alexandra District HospitalGoulburn Valley HealthRural Northwest Health
Alpine HealthHeathcote Health ServiceSeymour Health
Ballarat Health ServicesHesse Rural Health ServiceSouth Gippsland Hospital
Barwon HealthHeywood Rural HealthSouth West Healthcare
Beechworth Health ServiceInglewood and Districts Health ServiceStawell Regional Health
Bass Coast HealthKerang District HealthSwan Hill District Health
Beechworth HealthKilmore District HealthTallangatta Health Service
Benalla HealthKyabram and District Health ServicesTerang and Mortlake Health Service
Boort District HealthMaldon HospitalTimboon and District Healthcare Service
Casterton Memorial HospitalMansfield District HospitaTweddle Child and Family Health Service
Castlemaine HealthMildura Base HospitalVictorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority
Central Gippsland Health ServiceMildura Cemetery Trust, TheVictorian Pharmacy Authority
Central Highlands Rural HealthMoyne Health ServicesWest Gippsland Healthcare Group
Cohuna District HospitalNCN Health (Formerly Cobram, Nathalia & Numurkah and District Health Service)West Wimmera Health Service
Colac Area HealthNortheast Health WangarattaWestern District Health Service
Corryong HealthOmeo District HealthWimmera Health Care Group
Djerriwarrh Health ServicesOrbost Regional HealthYarram and District Health Service
East Grampians Health ServicePeninsula HealthYarrawonga Health
East Wimmera Health ServicePortland District HealthYea & District Memorial Hospital

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