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Health Budget

Health Budget Crisis Looming, Where's Will?

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Budget is heading for crisis with an estimated $1.8 billion in Federal cuts to health beginning from 1 July next year. If these cuts aren't reversed, they'll devastate our public hospitals and health services.

The Liberals are back in government in Canberra. Premier Hodgman needs to seek an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister and fight to restore Tasmania's fair share of Federal health funding as he told Tasmanians he would after the first and second harsh Abbott budgets.

Ballooning Locum Costs in Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Health Minister Michael Ferguson is desperately trying to plug the problems in the health system by forking out a fortune on locums. Across Tasmania, 50% more has been spent this year than the same time last year.

Right to Information documents show the Health Department has so far spent $5.5 million more on locums across all hospitals this financial year, compared to the same period last year. If that trend continues, the spend could be over $7 million spent on locums by the end of June.

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