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Australia : Victorian health services performing well.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australian hospital statistics 2011 12 report confirms that Victoria continues to treat more patients in record numbers, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

Our Victorian hospitals are national leaders in accreditation, meeting the highest standards of safety and quality, Mr Davis said.

Victorian hospitals have demonstrated they are working to treat patients as quickly and efficiently as possible and Victoria has the most efficient cost for delivering services, which is the same as in 2010-11.

Victorian hospitals are national leaders in treating emergency patients (equal first in triage Category 1, and first in triage Category 2 and 3) and we are proud that our system continues to treat the sickest patients the quickest.

This is despite the pressure of more patients than ever before presenting at our hospital emergency departments.

It is important to note Victoria s performance is facing challenges now and on the horizon, due to Federal Government health funding cuts and the increasing number of people seeking hospital and emergency care, particularly older Victorians, Mr Davis said.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report confirms the Victorian Coalition Government has met its first full year bed commitment of 100 new beds by 30 June 2012. This is despite the closure of hundreds of beds during enterprise bargaining action in late 2011.

The Victorian Coalition Government has more than $4 billion worth of health infrastructure underway and is building capital infrastructure and beds for the future, including:

the biggest rural and regional hospital in Australia s history - the $630 million Bendigo hospital, with 372 beds;

the long-awaited Monash Children s Hospital for Melbourne s rapidly growing south east, a project which was ignored by the previous Labor Government for 11 years, and which will have 230 beds when it is completed; and

the world-class Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

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