Details needed on crucial private hospital deal

  • Two years of negotiation needed for in-principle agreement with same provider
  • Government must release details of deal
  • Health in crisis under Will Hodgman
  • Will Hodgman and Sarah Courtney must release details of the in-principle agreement reached between Healthscope and the Tasmanian Government regarding the Hobart Private Hospital.

    The Government had been negotiating with the operator some time before unexpectedly putting the hospital out for public tender in January this year.

    After months of uncertainty, blown deadlines and untold expense, the government have today announced a deal with the exact same provider.

    Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said while the end to the impasse was welcome, it was incumbent on the Liberals to come clean with Tasmanians.

    “The Liberals promised a greater commercial return for Tasmanians and better services at Hobart Private – it’s time they gave Tasmanians the facts,” Ms Lovell said.

    “We know that under Will Hodgman the health and hospital system is in crisis.

    “From patients dying needlessly in hospital hallways to record numbers of ambulances queued at our hospitals, Tasmanian health experts have never seen it worse.”

    “The Liberals’ track record on health is a disgrace so we need to see the deal to know for sure Tasmanians are getting a fair go.”

    Sarah Lovell MLC

    Shadow Health Minister