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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.  

RHH "Exceeding Capacity" Due to Ferguson's Underfunding

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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

It’s not the persistent number of admissions at the RHH that’s the problem, it’s the persistent underspending of this Government on beds.

The Minister is working on a “significant new package of measures” to address the demand. For the sake of sick Tasmanians, this should not just be another bandaid package of temporary ward openings.

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. 

Ferguson Left Hospitals Under-Resourced, Running on Empty

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

Minister Ferguson ignored nurses, doctors, infectious disease specialists and health economists' warnings about the flu season and winter rush.  The state's hospitals are running on empty and he's claiming that's business as usual.

Ferguson Admits RHH Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

The Liberals wasted the Parliament's time yet again today, reciting another Ministerial Statement. Minister Ferguson's statement was almost entirely self-congratulatory puff, hiding the RHH redevelopment delay in the very last page.

RHH Falling Apart Under Ferguson's Watch

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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

Michael Ferguson came into office claiming he would "rescue the Royal". But under his watch, the Royal Hobart Hospital is physically falling to pieces and the building timeframe has blown out.

Our biggest working hospital is now a major worksite, and patients and staff are being exposed to risk.

Liberals' Health Plan Toothless and Weak

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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

Less than $1.3 million a year for illness prevention is a far cry from the "strong investment" Minister Ferguson promised.

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.


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