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Daniel Andrews must address wait lists for bowel cancer patients

Sunday, 1 April 2018

After more than three years of looking the other way as wait lists for bowel cancer patients skyrocket, today the Andrews Labor Government has been forced to start addressing the issue.

The Andrews Labor Government hasn't been seeking colonoscopy waiting list information from public hospitals leaving Victorians with no clear picture of where resources are needed most.

Delays with colonoscopies mean that early diagnosis is less likely and leaves Victorian lives at risk.

It's the role of state governments to manage hospital waiting lists and ensure resources are properly allocated - but Daniel Andrews hasn't even been asking for these figures to be reported.

The Andrews Labor Government has failed to plan for increasing numbers of colonoscopies, due to a growing and ageing population, and increasing numbers using the federal screening program. Even today it's looking to blame others and handball its responsibilities.

Daniel Andrews must urgently commit to supporting Victorians diagnosed with bowel cancer by making colonoscopy wait lists public.

Comments attributable to Shadow Assistant Minister for Health Margaret Fitzherbert

The Andrews Labor Government has failed for three years to seek details on wait list times for bowel cancer patients, let alone to do anything to save lives by reducing wait times.

Daniel Andrews' decision not to work with hospitals to improve patient outcomes means Victorians diagnosed with bowel cancer aren't getting the treatment they need, when they need it.