MINISTER INTERESTED IN DENTAL VANS NOT DENTAL CARE FOR CITIZENS
Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur used Question Time in parliament to ask the Minister for Health about excessive dental healthcare waiting periods for Geelong residents.
The average waiting period for patients to see a dentist in the Barwon region is now 32.4 months. At the 2018 State Election, the Labor Party promised free dental health care for all Victorian state school students.
Bev McArthur asked the Minister “given Labor has been in power now for almost five years, what are you doing to reduce the totally unacceptable waiting periods for residents of Geelong needing public dental care, who are not of school age?”
The Minister responded by bragging about the free dental care provided by the Labor Government for school students, but made no mention of the adults who wait multiple years to receive care.
In failing to answer the question, The Minister clearly demonstrated her lack of concern for adults who desperately need access to dental care. School dental buses are obviously not a solution to this serious problem.
Bev McArthur then invited the Minister to “visit a Barwon public dental clinic to see the first hand the impact of Labor’s cruel waiting times on those adults desperately in need of dental care.”
19 June 2019