Patients in chairs, on trolleys, in corridors with hand bells in Ferguson’s horrific hospital plan

Tasmanian Labor

· Health Minister’s millions in underfunding sees patients in chairs with hand bells

· Health Minister’s millions in underfunding sees patients in chairs with hand bells

and nurses forced into impossible position

plan unacceptable in modern health system

will continue to be placed in chairs, on trolleys, in corridors and issued with
hand bells as Health Minister Michael Ferguson again fails on the escalating
crisis at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Health Minister Sarah Lovell said it was unacceptable that eight months after
the hospital’s “over capacity protocol” was first revealed, Michael Ferguson
had done nothing to alleviate the situation which was becoming worse.

Over Capacity Protocol instructs health staff to place patients in chairs or
trolleys in waiting rooms, meeting rooms, dining rooms and sitting rooms and
ensure they have hand bells to attract attention,” Ms Lovell said.

is a direct result of Michael Ferguson refusing and failing to fund Tasmanian
hospitals and it is unacceptable in a modern health system.

bottom line is that doctors and nurses have been forced into a position where
they need to make decisions about patient care in a system which is chronically

chronic underfunding has meant health workers are forced to put patients in
places that are not set up to provide adequate patient care.

has changed since this plan was first revealed last September and in fact, the
crisis in the hospital has become worse.

Ferguson simply will not accept responsibility that the hospital is operating
at emergency levels every day and staff are struggling to cope with demand.

week’s State Budget must address the health crisis, particularly the $100
million black hole in health funding each year and make realistic investments
into the hospital system.

“This is yet another example of why Tasmania needs a new Health Minister because over the five years that Michael Ferguson has been in the job the crisis in our hospitals has only gotten worse.”

Sarah Lovell MLC

Shadow Health Minister

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