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New co-located private hospital, health precinct plan for Launceston under Labor

  • New private hospital planned adjacent to LGH
  • Expressions of interest to be called for private provider
  • Co-location of hospitals would give greater access to services, better opportunity to attract and retain staff
  • New Launceston Health Precinct Masterplan will provide crucial future blueprint

Investing in Launceston’s Health Needs

A majority Labor Government will transform Launceston’s health and hospital services with a new co-located private hospital and a new Health Precinct Masterplan as a blueprint for crucial future health needs.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said under Labor’s plan, northern Tasmanians would have better access to quality health services, the north will be in a stronger position to attract and retain quality staff and construction would create jobs and inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

Ms White said a re-elected Majority Labor Government will:

  • Commit $250,000 to produce a new masterplan for the Launceston General Hospital and surrounding area to create a Launceston Health Precinct
  • Call for expressions of interest within the first six months of government to build a co-located private hospital adjacent to the Launceston General Hospital

“Labor is committed to a transparent and open expression of interest process.

“We believe Government needs to be in the driving seat to maximise the opportunities this critical infrastructure project could create, unlike the Liberals who have been hands off.

“Key groups at the frontline like the Australian Medical Association and other health professionals have been calling for this reform but under the Hodgman Liberal Government, there has been no action,” Ms White said.

“In regular meetings in the north Labor has been consulting closely with health professionals over recent months and we understand the need to provide good quality health services in the north of the state and to plan for future demand.

“Labor’s vision is for a Launceston Health Precinct which is centred around the Launceston General Hospital, ensuring patients have access to the services they need.

“At the same time we will place the region in a stronger position to attract and retain quality staff.

“The new private hospital will be designed in consultation with the LGH and other health providers to ensure that the service meets current – and future – demand and that provision is made for adequate car parking.

“The construction phase will inject millions of dollars into the northern economy and create jobs.

“The masterplan will include an audit of government-owned land and buildings in the vicinity of the LGH, with a view to identifying opportunities for future development.

“This is also our opportunity to improve Tasmania’s chances for a greater share of Federal health funding.”

As a first step of developing the masterplan for a Launceston Health Precinct, Labor will convene a roundtable with key stakeholders to begin the consultation process.

Investing in Launceston’s Health Needs