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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”.

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.  

Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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.

Provision for Tasmania’s hospitals has gone backwards. Funding to address elective surgery waiting lists and for clinical redesign, to enable the State’s hospitals to treat more patients, both end on 1 July.

Joint Health Shows Need For An Emergency Winter Plan

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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.

There is a coming winter crisis, and there needs to be more money for more beds. The Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, also needs to sit down with health bodies and work with them on an emergency winter plan.

Ferguson Ignores LGH Expert Review

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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”.

There are no new beds being funded for medical inpatients at the LGH.  Minister Ferguson has simply lifted the axe that’s been hovering over 12 beds and staff currently in operation in ward 4D.

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. 

Palliative Care Budget Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

The Liberals have delivered another serious blow to the public health service with the closure of Palliative Care Tasmania.  Closure of the only palliative care support and education service in Tasmania will have untold effects.

This is a gross government failure and will force dying Tasmanians and their families to use hospital services, rather than having their final days in their own home.

In the last four years Palliative Care Tasmania has helped thousands of Tasmanians through death literacy.  


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