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Health crisis reaches unprecedented level as Michael Ferguson – again – denies any crisis at all

  • Everyone is wrong on health crisis except Michael Ferguson – according to Michael Ferguson
  • Royal Hobart Hospital remains at Level Four with fears crisis will escalate further
  • New report shows up to 80 avoidable deaths a year possible as arrogant Minister refuses to act

Premier Hodgman can no longer ignore the overwhelming evidence about Tasmania’s health crisis as his incompetent Health Minister yet again refuses to acknowledge it or provide solutions.
Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said with the Royal Hobart Hospital today remaining at escalation level four with fears the situation could deteriorate further, Michael Ferguson has denied yet another damning report which shows up to 80 Tasmanians each year could die avoidable deaths because they can’t get a bed in the hospital.
“At the same time this new report has been delivered, Michael Ferguson continues to place nurses and doctors and others at the frontline in an incredibly difficult position where they are not able to provide the patient care that Tasmanians need,” Ms Lovell said.
“We have paramedics trying to treat very sick people in corridors. We have ambulances queued on the hospital ramp and out onto the street.
“We now have a third report into the state of the health system that confirms the Liberal Government has seriously under-funded health and that there is a black hole in health funding of over $100 million each year.
“At the same time we have a Health Minister who is too arrogant to admit that he has played any role in this catastrophe, do the right thing and step aside and we have a Premier who is too weak to intervene in this crisis.
“Everyone is telling Michael Ferguson that this is as bad as it can possibly get.
“But according to Michael Ferguson everyone is wrong except for Michael Ferguson.
“The RDME, which revealed a $100 million black hole in the health budget, is wrong.
“According to Michael Ferguson Deloitte and KPMG, in their reports, are wrong. Martyn Goddard is wrong. Doctors and nurses are wrong.
“This weak Premier has to stand Michael Ferguson aside – a move he should have taken months, if not years, ago.”

Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health and Preventative Health Care Minister