With the delayed redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital on the existing site fraught with logistical and engineering challenges, the State Government needs to take seriously the proposal for a new Royal, Greens' Health spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP said today.
"The redevelopment of the Royal on its existing site is beset with problems. Its delay reflects the fact that making a 'new' hospital out of an old one is hugely challenging with the impact of construction on staff and patients of greatest concern” said Ms O’Connor.
"This alternative proposal should be examined if it stacks up from a planning perspective and financially, has community support and most importantly, delivers the highest quality health care for Tasmanians long into the future.”
"The proposal to build a state of the art health precinct that respects the Cenotaph as well as being sympathetic to the Domain's public use and history has merit. It should be on the table and it should be openly discussed.”
"Of course, any development on the Domain must respect its value to the public as a shared space, its history and the sacred ground of the Cenotaph but if it meets these requirements and were to be built, I understand this new Royal would be the greenest hospital in the country."
"Let's set the politics aside and have a reasoned, informed debate about what's being proposed and whether it's an improvement on the current redevelopment plan.”
"The ultimate goal here is to ensure the best possible, most sustainable hospital system that serves Tasmanians well for decades to come," said Ms O'Connor.