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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.

No Room for Cuts in Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson 

The Minister’s axing of 80 full-time positions in the health service is completely unexpected and raises grave concerns about the impact on patients' health.

If this just about reducing duplication in the system, then the Minister should guarantee that money from these cuts will be transferred into employing more frontline health staff. Otherwise, it’s just cutting government services to satisfy the Treasurer’s push for small government.

Smoke and Mirrors in Our Hospitals

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The government’s proposal to limit nursing shifts to a maximum of 12 hours, except in exceptional circumstances, will do nothing to improve the amount of double-shifts being worked around the state.

Minister Ferguson hasn’t put any more money into the nursing pool, which means “exceptional circumstances” will occur on a regular basis unless the Minister is planning to leave hospital beds unstaffed.

Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The THS has had an interim CEO in place for more than four months, and the recruitment process for the permanent CEO is still not finalised. The government needs to tell us what's taking so long and why it's cost so much.  

The government’s glacial pace of health recruitment appears to be poor value for money. They've spent over $100,000 so far on the recruitment process for two senior health positions.  

This is $100,000 that could been paid for two graduate nurses in our understaffed hospitals.

Health System Needs More Beds

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Launceston General Hospital patients are once more feeling the brunt of the government's health cuts.

Elective surgery waiting times at the LGH have increased by nearly 50% since the Liberal government took over the health system.

Minister Ferguson has had plenty of time to deal with this problem and it is fixable.

Opening closed beds by permanently employing more nurses is an urgently needed investment.

Appointments Needed in Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson 

Concerns raised by the AMA’s Dr Tim Greenaway about key health leadership positions need to be addressed by Minister Ferguson as soon as possible.

It is crucial that proper process is followed, but Tasmania's health sector needs certainty about who is at the helm.

We have seen elective surgery waiting lists skyrocket, an emergency department in crisis at the Launceston General Hospital and now we're hearing directly from health workers that they need strong, stable leadership.

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