Will Hodgman’s cruel cuts for Ambulance Tasmania

  • Will Hodgman to cut $5.7 million from Ambulance Tasmania
  • Ambulance service at breaking point, lives being put at risk
  • Government must employ more paramedics immediately
  • Ambulance Tasmania staff have been told to brace themselves for $5.7
    million in cuts as part of Will Hodgman’s cruel $450 million slash and burn
    agenda.

    This is just one issue being discussed at Labor’s roundtable with local
    health stakeholders in Launceston today, and despite invitations to Sarah
    Courtney and Jeremy Rockliff, no one from the Government decided to show up.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said that Will Hodgman was putting lives at
    risk just to pay for his Government’s poor financial management.

    “Will Hodgman’s cuts to Tasmania’s ambulance services are an absolute
    disgrace,” Ms White said.

    “A 5.7 million cut is equivalent to sacking 37 full time paramedics, at
    a time Tasmanians cannot cope with more cuts.

    “In the last week we have had the fire service put on standby to respond
    to health emergency calls, and on Sunday night, five communities had no local
    ambulance to call on because the Liberals failure to invest in health.

    “We constantly hear stories of people in desperate need of care driving
    themselves or their families to hospital because ambos are stretched so thin.

    “This is an insult to our hardworking paramedics and volunteer ambulance
    officers who are desperate to be out there doing their jobs but are stuck on
    hospital ramps or are travelling to the other end of the state to cover another
    area.

    “This is not good enough. Will Hodgman’s cuts are going to cost
    people’s lives.

    “He must come out today and reverse these cruel cuts and apologise to ambos and people already affected by his chaotic, weak Government.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader