Rockliff-Ferguson budget can no longer ignore dire state of hospitals

Tasmanian Labor

The
catastrophic situation today at the Launceston General Hospital should be a
final wake-up call to the Rockliff-Ferguson Government to provide urgent and
increased funding in the Budget this week.

The
dire situation which has unfolded today resulting in patients being asked to
reconsider visiting the LGH because staff are overwhelmed, is a direct
consequence of eight years of under-funding and under-resourcing by successive
Liberal Governments.

The
Rockliff-Ferguson Government need to get serious about finally addressing the
years of neglect and provide funding that will allow nurses, doctors and other
staff to do their jobs.

It’s
not good enough that today staff have been forced to turn away all patients
other than those with serious, life-threatening conditions.

This government has failed to deliver better health services in Tasmania and its current economic management isn’t working for Tasmanians.

Anita Dow MP

Shadow Health Minister

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