 New data shows just how much pressure the Royal Hobart Hospital is under  
 Patients waiting days in emergency, too long in ramped ambulances
 Labor’s $560 million commitment aimed at rebuilding the system      

The Health Minister can’t ignore the latest damning figures from the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the leaked figures paint a picture of a hospital under enormous strain, but also show that staff are increasingly desperate for support.

“Someone wanted to make sure the public knew how bad things are,” Ms White said.

“The leaked figures paint a damning picture for the Health Minister.

“The number of patients spending more than 24 hours in the emergency department has doubled.

“In 2017 1014 people waited for more than a day in emergency. That’s completely unacceptable.

“Ambulance ramping is through the roof. 18 per cent of patients waited in ramped ambulances for more than 30 minutes in 2017, compared to 6 per cent the previous year. The flow-on effects of that when it comes to treating the community is significant.

“Given the growth rate of presentations was lower than usual, this could have been much worse.

“The Health Minister has been trying to spin furiously when it comes to the performance of our hospitals but he can’t ignore what’s in black and white.

“Tasmanians deserve a government that will take health seriously. Labor is committed to spending an additional $560 million on our health and hospital system, employing an additional 500 people.

“Labor’s significant policy to reduce bed block will directly address the problems highlighted by these figures.

“We’ll ease the enormous stress on our hospitals and start rebuilding a health system we can all be proud of.”