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Ferguson Failing Sick Children

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tags: Health, Children, Launceston General Hospital, Nurses

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

  1. Notes the tremendous work and commitment by hospital staff in our State’s paediatric wards to the well-being of children patients.
  2. Recognises that staff numbers, equipment and facilities in the paediatric wards at the North West General Hospital and the Launceston General Hospital are distressingly inadequate.
  3. Calls on the Minister for Health, Hon Michael Ferguson MP, as a matter of priority, to:—
    1. increase staff levels at the North West General Hospital’s Paediatric Ward, including the size of the nursing pool, so that there are enough nurses to fill the roster;
    2. provide funding to improve the facilities at the North West General Hospital’s Paediatric Ward, including enough for curtains to separate the beds on the ward;
    3. fund the move of the Launceston General Hospital’s 16 year old “temporary” Paediatric Outpatient Ward to purpose-built facilities that can manage current patient volumes and provide the clinical care needs for children;
    4. increase the level of staffing for the inpatient and outpatient paediatric wards at the Launceston General Hospital, noting the inpatient ward is currently only staffed for 17 beds, although it frequently requires 27 beds; and 
    5. prioritise the care of our State’s sickest children and their families.