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• Worst month in recent history for Tasmanian hospitals but Ferguson missing in action
• Liberal Government inaction on health crisis unacceptable
• Premier Hodgman failing to step in and provide adequate health care for Tasmanians

Health Minister Michael Ferguson is nowhere to be seen as the crisis in Tasmania’s hospital emergency departments continues to deepen.

Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said the Royal Hobart Hospital was overnight again at escalation level four and twice this week, every ambulance from the greater Hobart area has been stuck on the ramp at the emergency department.

Ms Lovell said Michael Ferguson was failing to even admit the catastrophe at the hospital let alone act on it at the same time nothing had changed at the Launceston General Hospital in the three weeks since nine Code Black emergencies were declared in a single night.

“Level four is designed for crisis management but it’s become an almost weekly occurrence,” Ms Lovell said.

“With every ambulance from the greater Hobart area stuck on the ramp at the ED twice this week, including some trucks stuck on Liverpool Street (photo attached), crews are not able to hand their patients over to RHH staff because they are too busy and there are no beds.

“Patients are lying in corridors on trolleys, sitting in wheelchairs, or worse.

“Michael Ferguson should be addressing this desperate situation but true to form, he is missing.

“Premier Hodgman needs to stand him aside and find a Minister who at least has an interest in place of a Minister who has no plan to ease pressure, has failed to make an investment into preventative health and will not offer support for community based care.”
Sarah Lovell MLC Shadow Health and Preventative Health Care Minister 2 August 2018