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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.

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.

Routine Elective Surgery Funds Going To Interstate Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has been flying patients to private hospitals in Victoria for routine surgery to try and reduce the elective waiting lists.

Instead of investing funds into Tasmanian public hospitals, Minister Ferguson has been paying private hospitals in Tasmania and interstate to conduct routine surgeries.

Launceston in Health Crisis

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

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.

This has been in the pipeline for months and Health Minister, Michael Ferguson, has done nothing to stop it.

Experienced staff, with a professional commitment to the health and wellbeing of the people of Launceston, have been pushed to their limits.

$18M Cut Hidden in Health Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

Minister Ferguson is claiming a record Health spend, but the Budget tells a different story. The Liberals were forced to patch up last Budget's under-spend, and they haven't learned last year's lesson.


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