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Health Minister fails to act on potentially life-threatening issues in psychiatric units

  • Potentially lethal weapons found in psychiatric units around Tasmania
  • Lives being put at risk due to serious safety concerns
  • Calls for help falling on deaf ears

The lives of staff and patients at psychiatric units around Tasmania are being put at risk due to the Government’s failure to address serious safety concerns.

Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said potentially lethal weapons had been found on a number of wards and for the past 10 weeks, clinical staff have been asking the Government for help in addressing this potentially life-threating issue.

“The lives of doctors, nurses and patients are being put at risk and the embattled Health Minister Michael Ferguson is ignoring this very dangerous situation,” Ms Lovell said.

“This isn’t just an isolated incident as concerns have been raised by staff from a number of facilities throughout the state including the Spencer Clinic at the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie, Northside at the Launceston General Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

“Michael Ferguson claims to care about his workforce yet he sat on this dangerous report of potentially deadly weapons and failing protocols for 10 weeks.

“The Minister needs to start listening to the experts and find solutions to this issue before someone is seriously injured or killed.

“Michael Ferguson is obliged under the Workplace Health and Safety act to take action immediately to protect workers.”

Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister