Will Hodgman blatantly misleading Tasmanians over cuts to frontline services

Tasmanian Labor
  • Will Hodgman keeps misleading Parliament and Tasmanians
  • Hodgman health razor gang cuts ambulance funding and nursing hours
  • Frontline staff warn more people will die
  • Will Hodgman keeps repeatedly misleading Parliament and Tasmanians by insisting there will be no cuts to frontline services.

    Will Hodgman has not denied that the Hodgman health razor gang has directed Ambulance Tasmania to find $5.7 million in cuts this financial year.

    It has also been revealed that casual and permanent part-time nursing staff have been told that their shifts will be cut back from eight hours to six.

    Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said Will Hodgman could no longer deny the facts.

    “Will Hodgman is blatantly misleading Parliament and Tasmanians by insisting frontline services won’t be cut – it is already happening,” Ms Lovell said.

    “The Hodgman health razor gang has started its cruel $450 million slash and burn agenda and Will Hodgman has broken his promise to Tasmanians.

    “In the very first week that Treasury staff were embedded in the Department of Health, the Hodgman health razor gang has made a mockery of the Premier’s consistent claims that frontline services will not be affected, with cuts to nurses, the very first line in our hospitals.

    “Workers on the frontline say the decision to cut nursing hours will lead to patient care being compromised and mistakes being made. Nurses are warning there will be more deaths if this continues.

    “Tasmanians don’t believe Will Hodgman’s lies when there are ambulance stations around the country that can’t fill shifts on a regular basis because of a lack of staff and nurses hours being cut.

    “Will Hodgman is risking lives and ignoring desperate pleas from hard-working medical professionals just to pay for his Government’s poor financial management.”

    Sarah Lovell MP

    Shadow Health Minister

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