PORTLAND District Health (PDH) has hit back at state opposition reports that the hospital is performing poorly and underfunded.
PDH chief executive Christine Giles said the claims, which were aired in Parliament this week, were “simply wrong”.
“In reality 2013 was a good news story for PDH,” Ms Giles said.
“In the previous financial year we were given $600,000 in sustainability funding but we did not need that in the 2012/13.
“We have been able to deliver the same outputs without any extra end-of-year funding and at the same time have $23,000 cash in hand at the end of the financial year. In 2012/13 PDH improved its financial performance in every way.” The state opposition had singled out PDH after the Napthine government released performance data for the south-west’s hospitals, calling the Portland hospital a poor performer which had its funding cut by nearly $1 million.
Ms Giles said she couldn’t understand the claims.
“We continue to provide a safe and reliable service to the community,” she said.
“We haven’t had a surgical site infection since 2009.
“PDH consistently performs well in all surveys, reviews and performance indicators.
“We treated 100 per cent of category one triage patients within the target times.
“All departments of the health service continue to be fully accredited. And, as I’ve pointed out, our financial performance was much better than recent years.”