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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 Responsible for Health Failures, Must Release Deloitte Report

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson 

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. He cannot refuse to release the report, and the likely damning evidence of the poor senior management culture it is expected to contain.

Ferguson’s Failure on Psychiatric Medicine at the RHH

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson 

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. The registrars currently training and working in the hospital are to be immediately redirected to posts in community mental health centres.

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”.

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