Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

28 November 2017

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Cladding at the LGH

My Department has received a briefing on the Director of Building Control’s preliminary findings in relation to cladding installed at the LGH up to and including in 2012.

While cladding of the main building has been identified as being non-complaint with the National Construction Code, the Director of Building Control has advised that there is no immediate safety risk to the public.

These works occurred under the previous government, however I take very seriously my responsibilities as Health Minister to ensure the issue is rectified. I will be acting on this as a priority.

My Department will work with the Director of Building Control to identify as soon as possible the best option in relation to the removal of the non-compliant cladding on the main building and replacement with appropriate material.

I would like to reassure Tasmanians of my clear advice that the LGH is safe and the best place for patients who need hospital treatment. They should not be discouraged from entering the hospital services in any way.

Patient and staff well-being is our top priority and we will look to minimise any disruption that may occur as a result of required works.

The cost of capital works is yet to be determined, however the Government will ensure that it does not impact on the funding of health services or high quality of patient care at the LGH.

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