Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff
Health Farce Continues – New Building Open, But Not Enough Beds To Admit Patients
Victor P Taffa
Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne has axed 100 health jobs from the north of Tasmania, including 75 nurses and 8 doctors and now she expects people to pat her on the back for opening a new building at the LGH, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said.
“Recent figures show that patients are waiting up to 95 hours to be admitted to the LGH because over 50 beds have been closed.”
“While new facilities are always welcome, what Tasmanians want are the frontline staff to run them and a hospital bed if they need it.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“In 2010, Lara Giddings promised the north an extra $130 Million and 260 more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Instead, the Premier thumbed her nose at the north and stood by as Michelle O’Byrne broke that promise and instead gutted the LGH and frontline health services.”
“The Liberals have identified $480 Million in savings that could be used to reinvest in frontline services, including an additional $76 Million for elective surgery. The only way to fix health services is to change the Government.” Mr. Rockliff said.