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Vic elective surgery list slashed

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Victoria's elective surgery waiting list has been cut to a four-year low.

The Victorian government says the Department of Health's preliminary figures show the number of people waiting for elective surgery has dropped by 11,000 despite a record level of activity in state hospitals.

Health Minister David Davis said 38,244 people were waiting for elective surgery as at June 30, down from more than 49,000 a year earlier.

"That is a fantastic result for Victorians, and is the lowest elective surgery waiting list since 2009/10," he said on Monday.

Mr Davis said that was despite an increase of more than 200,000 patients admitted to hospital over that 12-month period.

"More patients were admitted for elective surgery in 2013/14 than the previous year," Mr Davis said.

"In fact in terms of elective surgery we hit a record of 170,190 patients admitted for elective surgery from the waiting list throughout 2013/14."

Mr Davis said that was up from 153,000 elective surgery patients treated in 2012/13.

Hospitals admitted 46,685 patients from the waiting list in the June quarter, which was 6686 more than were treated a year earlier, he said.

"Some Victorian hospitals now have waiting lists lower than where they were in 1999," Mr Davis said.

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