Tasmanians want to hear from Health Minister Courtney as invitation to debate remains

Tasmanian Labor
  • Venue booked for Launceston for 1pm tomorrow
  • Health Minister has no excuse for not participating
  • Tasmanians want to hear from Health Minister Sarah Courtney about how the crisis in Tasmania’s health and hospital system has spiraled out of control on her watch.

    Seven days after Labor Shadow Health Minister Dr Bastian Seidel challenged Ms Courtney to a public debate on the key election issue of health, the Health Minister needs to either commit to attending the event tomorrow or explain to Tasmanians what she is afraid of.

    “It’s critical the more than 50,000 Tasmanians waiting to see a medical specialist and the more than 12,000 waiting for necessary surgery hear from the Minister about how we came to this crisis,” Dr Seidel said.

    “Ms Courtney can either show up at the Invermay Bowls Club tomorrow at 1pm or she can remain missing in action because she doesn’t want to explain the chaos in Tasmania’s health and hospital system.

    “By attending she will have the chance to show she is willing to front the crisis the Liberals have created.

    “By refusing to attend she will concede that she is ashamed of the Liberals’ appalling record on health over the past seven years and has no plan to address the chronic understaffing and under-funding of health that has occurred on her watch.”

    Dr Bastian Seidel MLC

    Shadow Health Minister

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