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Creating secure jobs to deliver better outcomes

  • Secure jobs bring economic confidence
  • Health workforce a priority
  • Better jobs, better services, better outcomes

Labor will create secure jobs in the state sector to reduce costs and deliver services that meet the needs of Tasmanians.

Shadow Minister for Health Sarah Lovell said the policy is part of Labor’s fully costed Jobs Plan, and would have a strong focus on jobs in the health sector, and improving health outcomes for Tasmanians.

“Reducing the reliance in our health and hospital system on locums and agency nurses will not only save costs, but ensure that quality health services are available when and where people need them.

“We’ve seen the impact of the Liberals’ failed approach, with the recent closure of the Mersey Hospital Emergency Department.

“Scaling back services in this way is unacceptable, and demonstrates that the Liberals don’t have a workforce plan to ensure the resilience of our critical health and hospital system.

“The State Budget made no commitment to delivering a secure, permanent health workforce.”

Ms Lovell said Labor’s number one priority is creating jobs, and it’s important they are good jobs.

“That means creating secure employment that gives Tasmanians access to sick leave, annual leave, and provides the security needed to make major life decisions like buying a home. 

“Labor will lead by example, by identifying opportunities to convert long-term contract positions in the public service to permanent jobs, including full-time positions where appropriate.

“This will reduce reliance on overtime and lead to better service delivery for the community. “Labor’s jobs plan Working for Tasmania will deliver better jobs, better service delivery and better health outcomes for Tasmanians.”

Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Minister for Health