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HealthStats Paints Worsening Elective Surgery Picture

​​​​​​​Today’s update to the HealthStats dashboard paints a bleak picture for those Tasmanians waiting for urgent, potentially life-saving elective surgery.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Sep 2020


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Health Minister Must Act on Elective Surgery

Public elective surgery waiting lists are out of control, and the Health Minister Sarah must commit to using the private health system to reduce them.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2020


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Health Cuts

Madam Deputy Speaker, few questions times that I can remember have left such a sour taste in my mouth.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Sep 2019


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Hodgman's Health Dishonesty

Premier Will Hodgman continues to falsely claim his government has not cut the Health Budget.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2019


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Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2019


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Courtney Must Rule Out Cruel Frontline Health Cuts

Health Minister, Sarah Courtney must rule out elective surgery cuts for public health patients.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Aug 2019


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Budget 2019-20 - Essential Services Funding

The elective surgery waiting list has soared, along with time spent in the emergency department, yet there is no new money for health in this year's budget.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 May 2019


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Elective Surgery Fail A Terrible Record For Health Minister

The Royal Hobart Hospital's record for providing elective surgery for people who urgently need it is the worst in the country, according to AIHW data.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2017


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Extra $220M to Health in Greens' Alternative Budget

The Greens’ Alternative Budget prioritises what Tasmanians most want, fixing the State’s health system - currently at breaking point.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2017


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Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

The gradual withdrawal of Commonwealth health funding over the last few years exposes the dire state of Tasmania’s public health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 May 2017


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Elective Surgery Waiting Times Blowing Out

The most recent figures by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in their Elective Surgery Waiting Times 2015-16 report are terrifying.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2017


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Elective Surgeries at the Launceston General Hospital

We are aware of patients presenting to the emergency department at the LGH with no paperwork and no after-surgery care plan with infections and other issues.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2016


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Ferguson's LGH Elective Surgery Mess

The Health Minister today failed to explain why knee and hip surgery patients who were sent interstate weren't receiving adequate post-operative care.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2016


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Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has been flying patients to private hospitals in Victoria for routine surgery to try and reduce the elective waiting lists.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jul 2016


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Health "Fix" Meaningless without Money

Staff in the public health system are unlikely to be satisfied with Minister Ferguson’s announcement of his planned “fix” for our broken health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016


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$27M Bandaid for Health

The government's plan to shift over $27M from the Consolidated Fund into health is clear evidence of a system that needs more support than it's getting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016


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Hospitals Need Staff, Not Just New Theatres

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jan 2016


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Liberals Fail National Hospital Report Card

The AMA Public Hospital Report Card is a shocking record of the Hodgman government’s mismanagement of our hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jan 2016


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LGH Woes a Symptom of Health System in Crisis

The Health Minister needs to take personal responsibility for the enormous and unsustainable pressure being felt by both the RHH and the LGH.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2015


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Expensive Advertising Comes at the Cost of Public Health

Michael Ferguson cannot possibly justify spending taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign for his as-yet-unrealised, unfunded health reform White Paper.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jun 2015


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Elective Surgery Waiting Lists at the RHH

One year into the job and Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has presided over a massive blowout in the elective surgery waiting list.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Apr 2015


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Ferguson All Talk and No Action

Minister Ferguson has so far done a lot of talking about health reform, lowering elective surgery waiting lists and delivering a modern Royal Hobart Hospital.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Jan 2015


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Elective Surgery Waiting Lists

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report again highlights the pressing need for long term structural reform of Tasmania’s health sector.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Oct 2014


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Federal Elective Surgery Money Won't Fix Problem

The announcement of a $23.4 million funding allocation to Tasmania’s public hospitals is welcome but it’s political smoke and mirrors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2014


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Health Funding and GST

Michael Ferguson needs to reassure Tasmanians that every dollar allocated to health this year in the Commonwealth GST distribution will be spent on health.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2014