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$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.

Health Pincer Movement Cuts Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

When Premier Hodgman went to Canberra in March he failed to win back the $156M his Canberra colleagues slashed from our health budget. The best he could get was an extra $54M over the next three years, which is nowhere near enough.

Liberal Gouging Responsible for Tassie's Health Mess

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

The Federal government’s own estimates are that Tasmania will be taking home at least $52M less a year from 1 July 2017. The State Liberals have cut $160M since they came to office.

The “new spends” in health that Minister Ferguson proclaims are just the result of shifting money sideways. This goes a long way to explain why our hospitals are in crisis.

Health "Fix" Meaningless without Money

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

The fundamental problems underlying the unfolding health crisis haven't been addressed, and every day's delay is another day with staff battling in punishing conditions and patients at risk.

COAG Let Down for Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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.

The Premier's boasting would be laughable if we weren't talking about Tasmanians with health needs who are languishing in the State’s hospital emergency departments.

Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

We don’t want a health system where elderly men wait two days before getting their severed fingers attended to, women suffer the trauma of a miscarriage in a chair in Emergency, and hospital buildings are riddled with mould.

$27M Bandaid for Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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.

The shocking image of a 95 year old woman lying on the floor of emergency for hours, skyrocketing elective surgery waiting lists and nurses working double shifts, show just how chronically underfunded the health system is.

Liberals Fail National Hospital Report Card

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The AMA Public Hospital Report Card is a shocking record of the Hodgman government’s mismanagement of our hospitals. Tasmania is one of only two states to fail every national performance target for public hospitals in the last year.

The elective surgery wait time has jumped from 45 to 55 days, a 22% increase from last year, and far greater than any time in the last 14 years. And only 43% of Tasmanians are seen on time for elective surgery, less than half the national target we signed up to.

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