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Health debate must be based on honesty

  • Liberals misleading Tasmanians over health commitments        
  • Debate must be based on facts     
  • Labor’s commitment to mental health will provide more than 40 new beds in the next term of government       

The Liberals are telling straight out lies when it comes to health policy.

Labor Campaign Spokesperson and Shadow Minister for Mental Health Sarah Lovell said Tasmanians deserve a debate on health based on facts.

“Health is the number one issue at this election,” Ms Lovell said.

“Tasmanians deserve a debate based on facts, not Liberal lies and spin.

“Mental health is a clear example of the Liberals’ willingness to lie about policy commitments.

“The Liberal policy does not double Labor’s commitment to mental health as they claim.

“Labor’s $560 million health policy provides for 10 new acute mental health beds, 12 individual homes in communities, 10 beds in mother and baby units and around 10 new beds at Millbrook Rise in the Derwent Valley.

“We have committed $7.2 million to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to employ outreach teams to provide support in our community and ease the pressure on our hospitals.

“Labor will also invest $8.58 million to roster Psychiatric Emergency Nurses on every shift in emergency departments at the Royal, the LGH and the North West Regional Hospital.

“And the commitment to the Ward 4K at the Launceston General Hospital is not a Liberal election promise or a Labor election promise, it’s funded and will be built regardless of the election result.

“These are all mental health initiatives that will all be delivered in the next term of government, not six years down the track.

“The health debate should be about what can be delivered over the next four years.”