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Ferguson must release all details about new termination provider

  • Ferguson has confirmed new provider but released absolutely no detail
  • Tasmanian women need detail about frequency, cost and location
  • Health Minister has wasted enough time refusing to provide safe and legal services
Tasmanian women need detail today about how they can access a new termination provider which Health Minister Michael Ferguson has finally confirmed will begin operating in October.
Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said after nine months of inaction since the last private provider closed in Hobart in January forcing women to spend considerable amounts to travel interstate, Michael Ferguson had announced the new service but was withholding crucial details.
Ms Lovell said Mr Ferguson must confirm today that the new service provider would meet minimum requirements.
“There is no adequate reason for Michael Ferguson to be wilfully withholding information that Tasmanian women need – other than his well-versed personal opposition to abortion,” Ms Lovell said.
“Mr Ferguson maintains that he cannot provide this detail because it is sensitive when in reality it’s because he doesn’t want to discuss this issue and – absurdly for a Health Minister – doesn’t want to be connected with it.
“The service needs to operate weekly and Michael Ferguson must guarantee that today.
“The service needs to be set at the amount for the full Medicare rebate.
“The service needs to operate on an outreach basis so it can be accessed outside of Hobart by women in the north and the north-west.
“After his months of unnecessary procrastination and stalling by design on this critical issue – forcing Tasmanian women to find in excess of $4,000 to fly to Melbourne and access services – Michael Ferguson owes it to them to stop with the games and immediately release these details.”