Bendigo elective surgery waiting lists cut

BENDIGO Health has welcomed funding that will reduce patient waiting lists for elective surgeries.

The state government has announced patients at the Bendigo Health Care Group will benefit from $1.842 million in funding.

It is part of stage three of the Competitive Elective Surgery Funding Initiative which aims to tackle waiting times.

Health Minister David Davis said the pool of funding would boost the number of public patients receiving elective surgery, especially during the quieter months.

Stage three of funding saw a total of $804,000 granted to Bendigo Health, which is also partnered with Bendigo Day Surgery and Echuca Regional Health.

In the earlier stages $1.038 million was granted to the Bendigo Health Care Group.

“This funding is welcomed by Bendigo Health and will provide greater opportunity for people to be treated from the elective surgery waiting list,” Bendigo Health acting chief executive Liz Hamilton said.

 “Together with our regional partners, we are working to maximise this additional funding to treat more patients in the Loddon Mallee region.”

Mr Davis said stage three would deliver an estimated 2235 operations in Victoria.

He said waiting lists were starting to decrease after blowing out earlier this year.

"Hospitals can provide this extra surgery at a competitive and efficient cost," Mr Davis said.

“This means more operations and more people having elective surgery.”

A total of $101 million was allocated for the initiative this year.  

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