Embattled Health Minister Michael Ferguson must go into today’s Access Solutions Meeting with a willingness to listen and determination to find constructive solutions to Tasmania’s health crisis.
Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell MLC, said health experts wanted clear governance and accountability in order to fix critical issues like bed block.
“This is a chance for the Minister to step up, swallow his pride and show some leadership by working with key stakeholders to implement practical solutions that will really make a difference to the lives of Tasmanians and prevent more unnecessary deaths,” Ms Lovell said.
“For more than eight months, we have been calling on the Hodgman Liberal Government to work with us to find solutions to the serious issues facing our health and hospital system but it has flat-out refused.
“In October, Labor wrote to the Premier with a 10-point plan and I am urging the Minister to revisit this plan and also review our recent $40 million policy announcement to recruit mental health workers in all Tasmanian schools.
“We don’t want a talk-fest today. At the end of today’s meeting we need to have some clear initiatives that we can implement straight away in order to take pressure off our hospitals and improve health care for all Tasmanians.”
Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister