Government must come clean on Mersey Community Hospital

Tasmanian Labor
  • MCH must return 24/7 ED to alleviate pressure on health system
  • Tasmanians deserve answers, not more silence
  • NW Health services at crisis point before COVID-19
  • The government must provide clarity on when the Mersey Community Hospital’s Emergency Department will be restored to full 24/7 operation.

    Labor Member for Braddon, Anita Dow, said the lack of detail or action from the government was concerning.

    “Tasmania’s hardworking paramedics and their patients continue to suffer while the government fails to act on restoring health services in the local community,” Ms Dow said.

    “People in the North West deserve answers and action from the government, not more silence and delays.

    “Either the government doesn’t have a plan for restoring the MCH’s ED, or it is not willing to share it.”

    Labor Member for Braddon, Shane Broad, said health services in the North West were already at crisis point before COVID-19.

    “Health services in the North West were already at crisis point before COVID-19 so it is critical that the MCH’s ED returns to a 24/7 clinic to alleviate additional pressures on Tasmania’s entire hospital system,” Dr Broad said.

    “The North West must be properly resourced and able to attract health care workers, otherwise we can expect more ambulance ramping, stress on ambulance paramedics and further delays to elective surgeries.

    “The government must come clean on its plans for the MCH. By failing to act the Liberals are putting Tasmanians lives at risk.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Labor Member for Braddon

    Shane Broad MP

    Labor Member for Braddon

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