 Ferguson refusing to acknowledge the evidence all Tasmanians can see
 Government has no solution for increased pressure on hospitals
 Re-elected Labor Government would fund two new crews and trucks
In-denial Health Minister Michael Ferguson is still refusing to acknowledge Tasmania’s ambulance ramping crisis, despite clear evidence that the ambulance service is under incredible pressure.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said severe ramping at each of the state’s four major hospitals was a result of the Health Minister’s failure to provide adequate resources to alleviate bed block and move admitted patients out of emergency departments.
“Minister Ferguson has claimed ambulance ramping is under control but nothing could be further from the truth,” Ms White said.
“The pictures speak for themselves but this Minister refuses to admit our hospitals are facing huge problems with ambulances ramped for hours.
“Today in Parliament the best the Minister would admit to is that more needs to be done but that’s no comfort to patients or for ambulance crews who are being hampered in their ability to do their jobs because they are ramped at the hospital.
“It’s no fault of frontline staff that our ambulance response times are already the worst in the country – it’s the responsibility of the Health Minister.
“Mr Ferguson needs to be honest with Tasmanians and tell them whether ambulance response times are blowing out further and detail what the actual daily ramping statistics are for each hospital.
“What is clear is that more resources on the frontline are urgently needed and that’s why a re-elected Majority Labor Government will fund two new ambulance crews and two new trucks, one in Hobart and one in Launceston.
“That’s why a re-elected Majority Labor Government will invest an additional $88 million in our health system, including $50 million to improve patient flows in our hospitals.”
Rebecca White MP Labor Leader