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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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