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Greens' Fix For Health

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 29 April 2021

Tags: Health, Health Crisis, Tasmanian Health Service

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The Greens understand the need for immediate and ambitious action to tackle the health crisis, and are proud to announce our comprehensive plan to do just that. 
It’s often said that lutruwita/Tasmania’s health system is at breaking point, but if you talked to most Tasmanians they’d tell you it’s already broken.
Seven years of neglect by the Liberals has led to soaring waiting times for ambulances, in emergency departments, for elective surgeries, and for outpatients. Health professionals are under intense pressure just to stop things getting worse, but the Government has refused to take them seriously for years. 
The Greens understand that solving the health crisis will require a range of significant measures that cover each stage of care - from preventative health and community care, through to hospitals and capacity builds, and everything in between. We have listened to patients, community organisations, healthcare workers, and the evidence, and developed a comprehensive plan of action. 
Our plan puts a strong emphasis on making sure the health system has the staff, beds and resources we need now and into the future. It commits to the structural and forward planning solutions that have been ignored by the Liberals, and invests in more capacity at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital to support our growing health population into the future. 
We will significantly increase the finance Tasmania needs to make this investment in health by making big developers, mining companies, fish farm operators, and pokies companies pay their fair share. This is crucial for delivering what is required to fix the system. 
The Greens recognise that proper investment in health is an emergency requirement for lutruwita/Tasmania, and are committed to taking action as a top priority.