 More spin from the Liberals after three and a half years
 Government can’t keep blaming others
 Premier must address crisis in our hospitals

Premier Will Hodgman’s promise of a “new plan” is a reminder of his government’s failures and inaction over the past three and a half years.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said the Premier’s promises are hollow.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“The Liberals have been in power for three and a half years. It’s time they stopped blaming others and took responsibility for issues like the crisis in our hospital system.

“For the Premier to list health as one of the Government’s areas of achievement shows just how out of touch he is.

“There’s never been more pressure on our hospitals and it’s resulting in terrible outcomes for patients and staff.

“Just last week we lost mental health accreditation at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Accreditation for internal medicine at the Launceston General Hospital has also been downgraded.

“The Health Minister’s cuts to mental health beds at the Royal have resulted in patients waiting up to 90 hours in the emergency department. It’s a completely unacceptable situation.

“The Hodgman Government’s $210 million cut to health in its first budget is still being felt.

“Now it looks like Tasmanians are about to be handed yet another glossy blue brochure from the Liberals.

“We need proper investment in both acute and preventative health, not more spin.

“Labor has committed an additional $88 million to health to reduce bed block in our hospitals and keep people out of the health system in the first place.

“Unlike the Liberals, we are prepared to take responsibility for the problems in our health system and tackle them head-on.”