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Tasmania’s health system ‘bordering on catastrophic’ and Speaker Sue Hickey wants Premier to step in

The Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey is calling for a roundtable summit into the state’s public health system, which she says is in a “catastrophic” state …

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  1. Kevin Moylan

    December 6, 2018 at 7:34 am

    ABC NEWS April 2018. ‘Senator Wilkie calls for emergency crisis summit into Tasmanian mental health services with all stake-holders and service providers’.. .”Police are being used as de-facto mental health workers.” Nothing happened, yet again.

    I have contacted fellow whistleblower Wilkie several times (no reply) offering my ‘free’ consultation and experience to reform and modernise Tasmania’s backward and archaic systems and managements, riddled with incompetent and negligent managers (nepotism) who serve no purpose other than to destroy the health and careers of those who dare question and challenge their competency and incestuous relationships, and accountable only to themselves and those who give the orders.

    Ms Hickey (the media/Liberals call her a ‘rogue’) states: “The big ‘if’, and it’s a huge ‘if’, is how do we staff it?” Answer .. by providing a legal and moral ‘duty of care’ to your abused and threatened, beaten-up and berated, demoralised and powerless, burnt-out and ‘very afraid’ nurses and health professionals. Who cares for the sick and injured carers? No-one! In TasMANIA, you’re on your own forever more, so go tell someone who cares. The sick/injured victim (that they created) then becomes their ‘problem’. Now you will be targeted to avoid liability.

    Hickey said. “The pressure is breaking people.” What happens to carers when they do ‘slowly break down’? Then comes the corrupted merry-go-round with all the tainted snouts in the Tassie trough. Lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, workers compensation, insurance companies, department heads and bureaucrats, politicians, debt collectors and banks, cops and spooks, real estate agents and interstate removalists. Poverty and depression, PTSD and unemployment comes next. That will teach you ‘for doing your legal duty’.

    If you refuse to give up and go away, eventually, systemically, you will be driven off that wretched incestuous island and back to the mainland .. where you used to belong.

    Be Warned! Foreign and mainland nurses and health professionals. Don’t even think about going way down there. Your health ‘is’ your wealth. You will never attain justice unless you went to the right school or belong in exclusive, Colonial ‘Club TasMANIA’.

    And our leaders wonder and ponder .. where have all our nurses gone?

  2. Chris

    December 6, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Now we hear that treatment and surgery waiting times have decreased to 42 days … ho hum, its a big fat lie.

    My daughter has been waiting since April to have an operation in August (must mean next August). It’s only a women’s potentially life threatening procedure. Still, its like the Minister for Health-standing Still!

    Russell I agree whole heartedly .. the two year waiting list for surgery may be to get onto the real waiting list.


  3. Russell

    December 6, 2018 at 6:51 am

    The glaring answer is to employ more staff. Pay decent wages, don’t overwork it, and give employees the proper support required. Even more orderlies to assist with patients, and cleaners will free up rooms and corridors quicker for patients to be admitted in a timely manner.

    Hickey’s common sense view of the situation sits well with the population, opposed to Hodgman’s head-up-backside mismanagement of the State’s affairs. Hickey will be Liberal leader soon if the dead-wood is voted out, and this is becoming ever more likely.

  4. Princess Fantastic

    December 5, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Sue Hickey is Tasmania’s Superstar!

    We desperately needed a champion to step up and do the right thing by Tasmania. Premier Hickey is saving lives, Ferguson is killing them.

    Hodgman is raping Tasmania financially.

    They are being exposed. Sucked in.

  5. Pete Godfrey

    December 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Using that stupid phrase ..that they are spending record amounts on the health system is way too old.

    Every year things get more expensive, drugs, equipment and new machinery, and so every year will be a record one for spending.

    When will politicians get over trying to treat people as stupid idiots? Also, when will the media stop reporting absolutely every inane statement that a politician makes?

  6. John Powell

    December 5, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Her interview with Sarah Gillman showed more leadership in that 10 minutes than #Iknownuttinhodgman and #HillsongFergie have in the past 4.5 years.

    It’s time for a #Taslibspill

  7. elk

    December 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    It would be great if the government extended the hours of the Health Centres such as at Glenorchy and Clarence, as well as the Wellington Clinics to relieve the pressure on RHH Emergency Department.

    How to staff it? One idea would be to dramatically cut the project officers in the health system, and utilise their services because often these project officers are indeed health professionals who are doing administration work.

  8. Leon Russo

    December 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Well done Sue Hickey, for stating what we all know – that the health system is in a serious crisis.

    Health Minister Ferguson just keeps ignoring reality and brushing off criticisms such as “catastrophic” as if nothing’s wrong. Ferguson’s ineptitude as minister is prolonging the fixable problems that Tasmanian’s are enduring. His statement “I don’t feel troubled by Sue’s comments…” tells us he either doesn’t care or he doesn’t get it.

    Patients are suffering unnecessarily and Ferguson should be replaced right now. But nothing will change. Hodgman doesn’t have the guts, and I doubt whether Erich would let him do it anyway as Ferguson is a fellow god botherer.

    As we’ve seen with the Liberals over the years, their first reaction to crisis is self-interest, and then deflection, so by this evening the Liberal Brothers will have received their orders from up Davey St to attack Sue Hickey and circle the wagons around the unjustly criticised Health Minister.

    One thing is certain though, and that is Sue Hickey’s guaranteed re-election in 2022.

    • Kate

      December 6, 2018 at 5:05 am

      It may come as news to some, but I would suggest that most psychologists agree that Sue Hickey fits the criteria for the Dunning–Kruger effect (ignorant of one’s ignorance). She is not quite up there with Trump, but the lesson for us all is the same .. Wake up! Look a bit deeper, and don’t be fooled by false confidence.

      “One thing is certain though, and that is Sue Hickey’s guaranteed re-election in 2022” = Humour.

      • Russell

        December 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

        Do you know what the criteria for delusional is, Kate?

        Don’t worry about the poor bastards who are dying .. like that one found in the bushes right outside the Hobart Hospital waiting to receive mental health treatment and giving up on life at its doorstep.

        Or the two year waiting lists for surgery.

        Families of patients who die waiting to be treated should sue the Government and the ‘responsible’ Minister.

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