In Parliament Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy requested an investigation from the Minister for Health regarding the state-wide health crisis occurring in North Eastern communities within Victoria.
In Parliament Mr McCurdy said, “Early last week an 86-year-old local resident travelled home from Northeast Health to have an assessment done to see if he was able to go home permanently.
“Whilst at home having the assessment done this resident slipped off the chair he was sitting on and fell onto the bathroom floor. He then had to wait three and a half hours for emergency support and was then told ambulance services were not coming because they are currently overloaded and not coping.”
Mr McCurdy said, “This is unacceptable.”
He continued, “This resident sought assistance from his family members who took him back to Northeast Health where he was left on a temporary bed in the surgical unit because there were no beds available. After four hours, this resident was then moved to another room again.
“But this doesn’t stop there.
“Northeast Health then moved this resident to a nursing home which was in quarantine for Covid-19. He was told by the nursing home that he should not have been sent there until the Covid-19 outbreak was under control.”
Mr McCurdy said, “This is by no means a criticism but instead an example of why our health services need more assistance.
“The Northeast Health nurses and staff do an amazing job under very difficult circumstances.
“It’s time residents like the man I have mentioned, and even our health services staff get answers to why this health crisis in Victoria seems to be getting worse.
“It’s time we help our regional health services.”