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Tasmania Lagging on Emergency Department Wait Times Under Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Health spokesperson

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released today on emergency department care showed Tasmania’s two main hospitals are performing poorly compared to mainland hospitals.

At both hospitals, most patients are in the urgent and semi-urgent categories. In 2016-17, only 46% of urgent patients, and 57% of semi-urgent patients were seen within the clinically-recommended time at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Ferguson’s Band-aid Budget Won’t Prevent RHH Crisis

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

Despite the big talk about extra hundreds of millions of health dollars, the Budget reveals the Hodgman Government’s plan to spend less in the hospital system this year than was actually spent in the last. 

There is nothing in the State Budget to prevent the imminent winter flu crisis, and subsequent overcrowding, at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  It also won’t fix the desperate lack of acute beds, or the ongoing elective surgery pressure.

This is a band-aid Budget for a hemorrhaging hospital system.

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”.

Ferguson Must Develop Winter Crisis Management Plan for RHH

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

Last night in the Royal Hobart Hospital, 17 out of 27 patients were waiting for over 12 hours for a bed.  With the winter flu season only just beginning to hit, Tasmanians are seeing the RHH Emergency Department at breaking point. 

In the lead up to the winter flu season, the Greens held a roundtable meeting about the state of Tasmania’s public hospitals, which was attended by all major health bodies.  

Report on State's Sick Hospitals Ignored by Liberals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

The report of the expert review on the State's two biggest hospitals was handed to the Health Minister last August.  Armed with this information, he continued to ignore the requests of hospital staff and clinicians to fix the problems. 

The report has been publicly released after the Greens sought a copy through Right to Information.  If the Liberals were really putting "patients first", they would've acted on this report immediately, not kept it hidden for six months. 

Hospital Decant Risks Patients’ Safety

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

The Medical Ward of Royal Hobart Hospital’s B Block is moving to the “decant” building today.  This is despite senior clinical staff writing to the Premier earlier this month, asking for the B Block closure to be deferred.

Senior RHH staff also met with Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, recently and raised their serious concerns about the decant.  The Minister refused to consider deferring the decant process while the bed issue is sorted. 


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