Paediatric surgeon, Professor Paddy Dewan has attacked the Victorian Health Minister’s announcement on paediatric surgical services in Geelong as irresponsible and “irrational”.
David Davis announced on Friday that a $36m intensive care unit will be used for paediatric surgery cases in Geelong, enabling more complex surgery to be performed, with a surgeon visiting once per two weeks.
“Anyone with any knowledge of surgery would be aware that twice daily review is required by the surgeon of a patient in intensive care!”, said Professor Dewan. “”To expect that complex cases requiring intensive care will be operated on in Geelong is clearly irrational in the extreme.”
“Geelong is a marginal seat. The misuse of information and the resort to spin to make politically motivated announcements in election campaigns is a practice that conflicts with the public interest and demeans those responsible. In health care, such misrepresentation is deplorable.”