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AMA Tasmania State Budget 2017/18 reaction

AMA Tasmania President Dr Stuart Day said today’s State Budget is a welcomed and significant funding commitment from the State Government to address Tasmania’s struggling public hospitals.
“With the significant emphasis put on health in the lead up to this budget, AMA Tasmania feels the State Government has listened to many of the concerns raised by the health sector,” said Dr Day.
“While there will always be more to do, initiatives such as the permanent opening of 10 short stay beds on site at the Royal Hobart Hospital and 22 extra beds at the Repatriation Hospital will make a difference to the current overloaded emergency department that struggles on a daily basis.
“While many of the 106 beds announced have previously been promised, the fact that these beds will be opened permanently will allow doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to be recruited with long term employment, ensuring our public hospitals can attract and retain high quality staff.”
Dr Day said the investment of $6m into State-wide Operations and Command Centre in the THS, will provide hospital staff a clear and timely understanding of bed capacity across the state.
“This information is vital as we continue meet high demand for acute hospital care,” he said.
AMA Tasmania President Dr Stuart Day

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