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Undercutting Public Health Irresponsible

Media Release - Constant pressure by some elected representatives for the Premier to accelerate the easing of social restrictions is irresponsible, and risks undermining Tasmania’s public health response to COVID-19. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 May 2020

COVID-19 - Implementation of Recommendations

Parliamentary Activity - The north-west COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for the families of people who died and hugely affected the 5000 people who went into quarantine.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 May 2020

Matter of Public importance - COVID-19 Update

Parliamentary Activity - Some of us would have heard stories late last year of a mysterious virus coming out of Wuhan, China. It trickled out in the newsfeed for a few months and was barely recognised as an issue.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 May 2020

North West PPE Allegations Must Be Investigated

Media Release - Allegations raised in The Saturday Paper* about the origins of the North West’s COVID-19 outbreak are serious. If correct, they would be major breach of standard infection control practice.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Apr 2020

The North West is Suffering

Media Release - It is difficult to imagine the level of stress, anxiety and grief on the North West Coast today.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Apr 2020

North West Testing Must Be Expanded

Media Release - The current high rate of positive coronavirus test results being reported for North West Tasmania strongly suggests we must use our dormant capacity and expand the formal testing being undertaken.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Apr 2020

Assurance on PPE Stocks Needed

Media Release - It is deeply concerning that hospital staff continue to raise the lack of availability of personal protective equipment needed to do their job safely - and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Apr 2020

Transparency Needed Over North West Coronavirus Outbreak

Media Release - Tasmanians deserve maximum transparency over the circumstances that led to the coronavirus outbreak in the North West.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Apr 2020

Unified Health System Needed Across Tasmania

Media Release - It’s been almost two weeks since the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the takeover of private hospitals to bolster the capacity of the public system and prevent it becoming overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Apr 2020

Hospital and Aged Care Visits Suspended

Media Release - The news that hospitals and aged care homes will be closed to visitors, except for limited reasons, will be difficult for many to hear - but is a critical public health measure.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 7 Apr 2020

North West Patients Need Reassurance on Health Services

Media Release - With more cases of COVID-19 being announced daily, and the North West Regional Hospital closed for surgical and medical patients, residents need an assurance they will not be required to leave the North West for critical health services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Apr 2020

Private Hospital Must be Available Immediately in North West

Media Release - Last week, the Federal Government announced it would underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Apr 2020

Hospitals United in COVID-19 Crisis

Media Release - The Greens welcome the federal government’s plan to underwrite the integration of private hospitals into the public system for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Mar 2020

Reassurance about Coronavirus Pandemic Preparations Needed

Media Release - Following Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer warning the worldwide spread of coronavirus is now considered “very likely if not inevitable”, the Health Minister must reassure Tasmanians about our state’s preparations if a pandemic pattern of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Feb 2020

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff contributes to Labor's Matter of Public Importance on Health, discussing budget allocations and progress on implementing Access Solutions meeting agreements.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Nov 2019

Healthy Food, Healthy Patients

Policies - The Tasmanian Greens believe patients in our Hospitals should have access to healthy, good quality food.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Feb 2018

Hodgman's Health Dishonesty

Media Release - Following last night’s damning national exposé of avoidable deaths in Tasmanian hospitals, Premier Will Hodgman continues to falsely claim his government has not cut the Health Budget. Instead, unbelievably, he claims they have increased...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Sep 2019

Nurses Next in Liberals' Frontline Health Cuts

Media Release - The enforced reduction of casual and permanent part-time nurses’ shift hours is the next frontline health cut under the Liberals’ efficiency dividend. It follows from the recent requirement for Royal Hobart Hospital surgeons to slash 15%...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Sep 2019

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Sep 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Health Cuts

Parliamentary Activity - I have heard this new Health minister, Ms Courtney, and the previous health minister trumpet the increasing spend this Government has made into the Health budget as though it is an extraordinary amount they have provided towards such an...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Jul 2019

Allied Health Professionals' Plea Must Be Heard

Media Release - HACSU’s Allied Health Professionals sub-branch letter to all political leaders paints a disturbing picture about the impact on patients and staff from chronic underfunding of services. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Ferguson

Parliamentary Activity - Chair, I will reflect on some of the enlightening conversations I had with the minister in his capacity as the Minister for Health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 12 Jun 2019

Auditor General's Emergency Department Report Demands Action

Media Release - The Auditor General’s report into Tasmania’s hospital emergency departments is enormously confronting. The figures back up the first-hand stories of grid-locked emergency departments.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 May 2019

Want of confidence in Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to a no confidence motion in the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, discussing failures in the health system and ideological opposition to policies such as surgical terminations in the public health system and...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Apr 2019

Hospitals - Recommendations of Registrars

Parliamentary Activity - We have had this five-page letter from registrars at the emergency department of the Royal Hobart Hospital, an excoriating letter to the hospital executive detailing their gravest concerns about the failures of your hospital system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Apr 2019

State of Health Report Confirms Need to Rethink Private Health Funding

Media Release - Mr Goddard’s claim that more than 80 mortalities a year can be avoided, due to chronically under-resourced hospitals, is alarming. It seems clear the lack of federal and state funds are putting lives at risk.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Oct 2018

Tasmania Lagging on Emergency Department Wait Times Under Liberals

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Nov 2017

Ferguson Responsible for Health Failures, Must Release Deloitte Report

Media Release - The Health Minister should release the report into the operations of the Tasmanian Health Service Executive, so Tasmanians can have the full picture of what’s going on in our hospitals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Nov 2017

Issues at the Royal Hobart Hospital

Parliamentary Activity - In that last six days at the Royal Hobart Hospital's Emergency Department, there have been two category 4 escalations, four violent events and all elective surgeries have been cancelled again.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2017

Royal Hobart Hospital - Psychiatric Medicine Accreditation

Parliamentary Activity - As we have just heard, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry has withdrawn their accreditation status from the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Aug 2017

Ferguson's Broken Health System Legacy

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson’s parroting of an unpredictable, unusually high influenza season this winter is an insult to the staff and patients at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2017

Ferguson's Failure on Psychiatric Medicine at the RHH

Media Release - The Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists yesterday formally advised the Tasmanian Health Service that the Royal Hobart Hospital would no longer be considered an accredited training hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Aug 2017

Extra $220M to Health in Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - The Greens’ Alternative Budget prioritises what Tasmanians most want, fixing the State’s health system - currently at breaking point. Included in our Alternative Budget is an investment of an additional $220 million over four years to help...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2017

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

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 May 2017

Coroner Confirms RHH Under-Resourcing Putting Patient Lives at Risk

Media Release - The Coronial inquest into the 2015 death of a Royal Hobart Hospital patient found it could have been prevented.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 May 2017

Ferguson Must Develop Winter Crisis Management Plan for RHH

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 May 2017

Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

Media Release - The gradual withdrawal of Commonwealth health funding over the last few years exposes the dire state of Tasmania’s public health system. This Federal Budget continues that trend.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 May 2017

Joint Health Shows Need For An Emergency Winter Plan

Media Release - The Joint Statement on Public Hospitals from all major Tasmanian health bodies shows the critical state of our public hospitals. It's clear there's no room left at the Royal Hobart Hospital for the predictable surge this winter flu season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Apr 2017

Ferguson Ignores LGH Expert Review

Media Release - The Health Minister's response to the damning expert report into the Launceston General Hospital has been to open 3 single bed rooms and dress up 12 beds that have been in use for a year as “new”.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Mar 2017

Report on State's Sick Hospitals Ignored by Liberals

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Feb 2017

Palliative Care Budget Failure

Media Release - The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to the public health service with the closure of Palliative Care Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2017

RHH "Exceeding Capacity" Due to Ferguson's Underfunding

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has finally admitted the self-evident truth, that “emergency and admissions are exceeding capacity" at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 Feb 2017

RHH Decant Leaves Psychiatric Unit Out in the Cold

Media Release - The decant of the Psychiatric Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, due to start tomorrow, will drastically cut the quality of care for people in the greatest need.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2016

Hospital Decant Risks Patients' Safety

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Nov 2016

Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, was continually warned that the current resourcing of general admission wards at the Royal Hobart and Launceston General hospitals is far short of what was needed to cope with the winter patient burden.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Oct 2016

Acute Crisis Care in Tasmanian Hospitals

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I want to report some of the reflections I have had on during my recent visits to a number of our public hospitals.  My intention is to visit all public hospitals in the state and to meet with staff...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Aug 2016

Ferguson Admits RHH Failure

Media Release - In a long-winded Ministerial Statement made to Parliament today, the Health Minister admitted the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment will be delayed until mid-2019.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2016

RHH Falling Apart Under Ferguson's Watch

Media Release - The Health Minister's comment that the possibility of a post-surgery patient being exposed to asbestos was "regrettable" is insulting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Aug 2016

Liberals' Health Plan Toothless and Weak

Media Release - The Health Minister's "bold plan" for Tasmania to have the best health by 2025 is weak, toothless and myopic.  $6.4 million over five years into his Strategic Health Plan is a pittance, compared with what's needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 30 Jul 2016

Health Budget Crisis Looming, Where's Will?

Media Release - 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Jul 2016

Ballooning Locum Costs in Hospitals

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Jul 2016

Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Media Release - 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 - 1 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - The Greens have discussed our energy strategy on numbers of occasions in this House since we tabled it early this year.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Launceston in Health Crisis

Media Release - The Launceston General Hospital is in a serious situation after the dramatic loss of Emergency Department staff. Nine of eleven specialists and six senior nursing staff have resigned, retired or significantly reduced their hours.

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Jun 2016

State Budget 2016: No Additional Funding for Health

Parliamentary Activity - The Minister for Health, Minister Ferguson, made what can only be construed as some misleading statements in the House yesterday about the question I asked him in question time.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Media Release - Tasmanian hospitals will receive an $18.5M cut in 2016/17. Health Minister Michael Ferguson's only response was to accuse the Greens of lying when he was confronted with this in Parliament today.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Health System Gutted of Funding

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 31 May 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON[10.28 a.m.]In the policy and parameter statements in budget paper 1 for this year, 2015-16, there is a policy item -Members interjecting.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

Health Pincer Movement Cuts Funding

Media Release - Tasmania's hopes of extra health funding to make up for what we lost under Prime Minister Abbott haven't been realised. When it comes to the health spend in the Federal Budget we've been done over badly.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 May 2016

Liberal Gouging Responsible for Tassie's Health Mess

Media Release - The combined effect of the Federal and State Liberal governments has meant a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars from Tasmania's health system.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Apr 2016

Health "Fix" Meaningless without Money

Media Release - 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 - 5 Apr 2016

Health System in Crisis

Parliamentary Activity - The events in Tasmania’s hospitals over the last couple of months are inexcusable and cast a black shadow over this parliament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 Apr 2016

COAG Let Down for Tasmania

Media Release - Tasmania has been seriously let down at COAG by both the Prime Minister and Premier Hodgman, despite his empty promise not to accept any deal that would see Tasmania worse off.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Apr 2016

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Media Release - The events of the last couple of days in our hospitals are inexcusable and they shame us all. We should not have to hear another traumatic story before it's fixed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Mar 2016

$27M Bandaid for Health

Media Release - 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 - 15 Mar 2016

Hospitals Need Staff, Not Just New Theatres

Media Release - The wait time in emergency and for elective surgery in our hospitals is skyrocketing and Minister Ferguson can only fix it by putting on more doctors and nurses.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 Jan 2016

Liberals Fail National Hospital Report Card

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Jan 2016

No Room for Cuts in Health

Media Release - The Minister’s axing of 80 full-time positions in the health service is completely unexpected and raises grave concerns about the impact on patients' health.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 4 Dec 2015

Patient Care at Risk

Parliamentary Activity - Calls on the government to permanently employ more nurses and midwives in order to ensure safe patient care rather than relying on overtime and double shifts. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Nov 2015

Smoke and Mirrors in Our Hospitals

Media Release - The government’s proposal to limit nursing shifts to a maximum of 12 hours, except in exceptional circumstances, will do nothing to improve the amount of double-shifts being worked around the state.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 18 Nov 2015

Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Media Release - The THS has had an interim CEO in place for more than four months, and the recruitment process for the permanent CEO is still not finalised. The government needs to tell us what's taking so long and why it's cost so much.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Nov 2015

Health System Needs More Beds

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonLaunceston General Hospital patients are once more feeling the brunt of the government's health cuts.Elective surgery waiting times at the LGH have increased by nearly 50% since the Liberal...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 9 Sep 2015

Appointments Needed in Health

Media Release - Concerns raised by the AMA’s Dr Tim Greenaway about key health leadership positions need to be addressed by Minister Ferguson as soon as possible.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Sep 2015

Ferguson All Talk and No Action

Media Release - Health Minister, Michael 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 - 18 Jan 2015

Release Hospital Treasury Advice

Media Release - The Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has an obligation to release Treasury's analysis of the proposed Cenotaph hospital in light of his decision to reject a new hospital for Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 12 Dec 2014

Greenfields RHH Hospital

Media Release - It is unfortunate that at a time when first the Greens, and now Labor, are coming on board giving in-principle support to the new greensfields hospital proposal, the Health Minister is indulging in petty politics.

Cassy O'Connor MP -