Hodgman Govt Funds Hospitals Rather Than Hotels For Patients Recovery

Hodgman Govt Funds Hospitals Rather Than Hotels For Patients Recovery

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

RHH Beds Progress

Victor P Taffa

A Right to Information (RTI) request released today demonstrates the significant work being done at the Royal Hobart Hospital to open more beds and take pressure off the Emergency Department, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

“RTI documents show early planning for new beds at the Royal and detail the extensive consultation undertaken with senior medical and nursing staff on the frontline.” Minister Ferguson said.

Consultation process has continued since these documents were prepared, and has resulted in 2 new wards spaces providing 19 new beds and 4 treatment recliners for admitted patients.

First new ward space is on track to open in coming weeks.

In addition, the RHH is opening 3 procedure beds and 5 treatment recliners in the Emergency Department and 6 step-up beds at the community mental health Tolosa Street Rehabilitation Centre later this year.

“Our measures to improve patient flow and access to the Royal Hobart Hospital are backed with additional funding of $48.5 Million over 4 years detailed in the 2017-18 Budget.”

Recruitment is underway, and capital works have been scheduled in close consultation with staff to ensure patient care isn’t disrupted during the busy winter flu season.

“Hodgman Government is continuing to listen and work hard to deliver the health system Tasmanians deserve.”

“We are making a record investment in health which is in sharp contrast to Labor who in Government cut funding and closed beds, and in Opposition want to put sick Tasmanians into hotel beds.” Minister Ferguson said.