Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

29 November 2017

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Health gains under Hodgman Liberal Government

The Hodgman Liberal Government genuinely wants to make a difference in people’s lives, and that is reflected in what has been achieved in health since we came to government.

We have delivered a single state-wide health system – better access to better care – with the most extensive public consultation on health in Tasmania’s history.

We have supported this new system with record investment - $1.3 billion more than the former Labor-Green Government, and 300 additional frontline staff – more doctors, and more nurses.

This has delivered real outcomes for Tasmanians - more beds, shorter waiting lists and waiting times for elective surgery at a record low.

We have a Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment that is happening – it’s real, it’s being built now, it’s on track, and it will deliver capacity for 250 additional beds.

A $730 million deal with the Federal Government that has secured the future for the Mersey Hospital – Labor tried to privatise it and then sold it for a dollar– we have secured it in public hands, with $35 million for capital improvements.

In Burnie, we funded the operation of the North West Cancer Centre, have opened more beds, and put a helipad at the hospital.

In Launceston, we re-opened Ward 4D at the LGH – Labor closed it and locked away the beds in offsite storage. We have also  permanently secured the future of John L Grove – Labor left it unfunded, and we’ve reopened a hospital in the home program after Labor’s Michelle O’Byrne cut it.

We have kept every regional hospital open, and we have put more paramedics on the road around the State.

We have also developed Rethink Mental Health hand-in-hand with the community sector, released Tasmania’s first ever youth suicide prevention strategy and done a comprehensive review of ambulance services.

All of Labor’s cuts to health have been reversed – and we’ve put additional funding in on top of that, but we know there is a lot more to do.

That is why we have set bold targets for our next term, including:

  • Shorter waiting times for elective surgery,
  • Shorter waits in the Emergency Department and
  • Faster ambulance responses.

The Hodgman Liberal Government will continue to roll out our $7 billion record investment in health because we are genuinely committed to improving health services for Tasmanians, which our record reflects.

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