Jeremy Rockliff Does Not Back Clinicians, New Beds for the Mersey Tue 16 October 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Health The Minister for Health, Michelle O'Byrne, today called on the Liberal Party to support local clinicians in the North West and back the opening of a new, six-bed short stay unit in the Mersey Community Hospital. Ms O'Byrne said the changes to service models announced by the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West last week will deliver safe services for the region and a brand new Short Stay Unit in the Mersey emergency department. "Mr Rockliff clearly supports neither the local clinicians in his electorate nor the establishment of this new unit," she said. "These service reforms will improve the health response for the region and ensure that paediatric and surgical services continue to be offered safely and sustainably. "This was a clinical decision, one supported by THO-North West management, the governing council, the State Government and the Federal Government. "The ANF was briefed in advance of the public announcement of the proposed changes and consultation is happening now with all affected staff as the THO transitions to the new models. "I support the local clinicians and I welcome the opening of a new six-bed unit; Jeremy Rockliff has clearly decided that political advice is more important than clinical advice."