Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson
The Health Minister's comment that the possibility of a post-surgery patient being exposed to asbestos was "regrettable" is insulting.
Michael Ferguson came into office claiming he would "rescue the Royal". But under his watch, the Royal Hobart Hospital is physically falling to pieces and the building timeframe has blown out.
Our biggest working hospital is now a major worksite, and patients and staff are being exposed to risk.
This recent scare follows the evacuation of 40 staff after asbestos fell from the ceiling two weeks ago.
This is a dangerous situation, and the Health Minister needs to explain what steps he is taking to make sure patients will be isolated from renovations in future.
As Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson has to ensure the health of Tasmanians is protected, particularly, when they are most vulnerable in hospital.