A Better Health System for Tasmania
Fixing the health crisis will require a significant investment in more beds, more nurses, more doctors, more ambulances and more appointments for patients.
Labor has consulted widely to develop a comprehensive plan to repair the damage done by the Liberals, after Will Hodgman cut $210 million from health in his first budget and Malcolm Turnbull cut $1.1 billion from Tasmania’s health system.
Labor’s $560 million Better Health Plan will keep Tasmanians healthier for longer, treated faster and home to their families sooner.
Labor’s plan will support the opening of more hospital beds and employ up to 500 health professionals, including offering 100 more graduate nurse positions, 20 hospital doctors, 25 paramedics and fund 32 GP internships.
The staged plan will be rolled out over six years.
- Stage One: Immediate crisis relief – Reducing waiting times in Emergency Departments and offering more appointments to patients waiting to see a specialist.
- Stage Two: Recruiting more staff to the health and hospital system.
- Stage Three: Investing in health infrastructure to meet future demands.
- Stage Four: Continuous improvement to make Tasmania’s health system the best performing in the country and a model employer for health professionals.
- Stage Five: Improving the health of our community and keeping people out of hospital.
Together with health professionals, Labor will build a health system that Tasmanians can be proud of.