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Premier admits Liberals’ health failure in speech

  • Hodgman tells colleagues health system failing Tasmanians and “not good enough”
  • Liberal Government has overseen annual $100m black hole in health funding
  • Cut the excuses – it’s time to sack failing Ferguson

Premier Hodgman’s address to the Liberals State Council where he admitted the system was failing Tasmanians and “not good enough” is an extraordinary admission of failure, Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said.

“In the Premier’s speech he showed he has no faith in Health Minister Michael Ferguson after nearly five years of failure as Health Minister,” Ms Lovell said.

“The fish rots from the head – it is the Health Minister who must take responsibility for the failings of the health system and it’s the Premier who must sack him.

“This is a Health Minister who has overseen an annual $100 million black hole in health funding that will blow out to more than half a billion dollars over the forward estimates.

“The Premier acknowledged the health system is not good enough but has no plan to address it.

“This is what happens when you have a health black hole of $100 million a year and the problems will only get worse until it’s addressed.

“Instead of making excuses, the Premier should act and remove Michael Ferguson as Minister.”

Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Minister for Health