 Australian Medical Association moves no-confidence in Tasmanian Health Service
 Minister Ferguson must take responsibility
 Crisis in our health system makes Minister’s position untenable

The Australian Medical Association’s unprecedented decision to move no-confidence in the Tasmanian Health Service makes Michael Ferguson’s position as Health Minister untenable.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said Tasmanians deserve a better leader for our health system.

“Michael Ferguson has lost the trust and confidence of doctors. He has no choice but to resign as Minister,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“The Minister is ultimately in charge of governance across the health system. The buck stops with him.

“The AMA going to the unprecedented length of declaring no confidence in the Tasmanian Health Service highlights the crisis in our hospitals.

“The AMA’s warning of “dysfunction”, “deteriorating patient safety indicators”, “hospital overcrowding” and a “toxic” culture can’t be ignored.

“The Minister has allowed this situation to build up over the last three years.

“Michael Ferguson’s regular refusal to meet with the people on the front line of our health system has led to an unacceptable outcome.

“The Minister has no choice but to resign and allow fresh leadership for Tasmania’s health system.”
Michelle O’Byrne MP Deputy Labor Leader