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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.

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.


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