Health numbers head in wrong direction

Tasmanian Labor

Health System Dashboard data released today shows the deteriorating condition of Tasmania’s health system.

Shadow Health Minister Dr Bastian Seidel said today’s numbers show there are 66,000 Tasmanians on a surgery or specialist waiting list.

“The most recent dashboard update once again shows the reality facing Tasmania’s health system,” Dr Seidel said.

“Less than half of all surgeries are being performed within clinically recommended timeframes, wait times to see a specialist have blown out to an average of over 14 months and the dental waitlist is up another 300 people to over 17,000.

“Even the most urgent patients, those who are meant to be seen in 30 days, are waiting over 8 months.”

Dr Seidel said the data showed a health system in crisis.

“Tasmania’s health workers are under unbelievable pressure and they are simply not being provided the help they need to get the system back on track.

“It’s not good enough for Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff to talk about the government’s health promises when they are clearly not being delivered.

“Today’s budget report showed the government had failed to deliver $130 million of health promises, including $70 million on hospitals, $20 million on ambulances and $20 million on mental health.

“Tasmania’s health system needs real action now, not more under delivery.

“Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff must start delivering his government’s promises, not just talking about them.”

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