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Coronial Inquest

Coroner Confirms RHH Under-Resourcing Putting Patient Lives at Risk

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

The Coronial inquest into the 2015 death of a Royal Hobart Hospital patient found it could have been prevented. The death was caused by government failure to resource the hospital properly, with staffing levels well below the national benchmark.

It took Tasmanian Health Service management more than nine months to respond to the failings, despite being told by senior staff that overcrowding, increasing patient numbers and low staff levels were causing “potential and actual patient harm”.

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