|15 October 2018|
- Premier has opportunity to listen where Michael Ferguson has failed
- Immediate steps proposed by Labor will support doctors, nurses and patients
- Premier must show he is prepared to work collaboratively to find solutions
Premier Hodgman has an opportunity to show Tasmanians he is prepared to step in and provide solutions to the health crisis rather than play politics on this critical issue.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Premier should agree to work toward implementing workable measures that could be put in place quickly to alleviate unprecedented pressure on doctors and nurses, other health professionals and patients.
“Labor has presented the Premier with a detailed list of actions which are readily available to the government to help ease the pressure on emergency departments, reduce waiting lists and give Tasmanians access to the health care they need,” Ms White said.
“The Premier today has the opportunity to show that he understands this issue is above politics. We must work together to ensure this crisis is addressed today, not in 12 or 18 month’s time.
“Tasmanians want leadership from Premier Hodgman. Tasmanians are rightly tired of the arrogance of Michael Ferguson who does not want to act and clearly has no intention of providing effective solutions.”
Ms White called on the Premier to work with Labor to:
- Release the full KPMG and Deloitte reports so health professionals and Tasmanians are fully informed about the current state of the health system.
- Convene statewide roundtables with the relevant stakeholders, including the AMA, ANMF, HACSU and the RACGP, to listen to the views of professionals on the frontline. These must be led by the Premier.
- Immediately commit to addressing the structural deficit in health funding identified by KPMG.
- Listen to solutions proposed by frontline staff to address bed block at the Launceston General Hospital, specifically the ANMF proposal to increase permanent capacity in wards 4D and 4K and open all currently closed beds in the Intensive Care Unit.
- Work with staff to increase capacity at the Royal Hobart Hospital to meet demand by making provision for 7-day discharge by staffing pharmacy, radiology, medical imaging and allied health after hours and on weekends.
- Dramatically ramp up preventative health measures and programs in the community.
- Reveal the plan and timeline for proposed mental health beds at Mistral Place and the Peacock Centre.
- Provide funding for capital works at Millbrook Rise to provide treatment to mental health patients as a step-down facility and provide more accommodation in communities.
- Invest in 10 public mother and baby unit beds statewide to support parents with newborn babies.
- Appoint permanent Psychiatric Emergency Nurses to help assess, care and treat mental health patients in conjunction with psychiatric support, at the LGH and the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie.