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Time to ditch the dead-wood Health Minister

  • Speaker calls out failing Health Minister
  • Tasmania needs a Health Minister who will listen
  • Labor’s practical steps to help falling on deaf ears


The Speaker has today called on the Premier step in and remove the “dead wood” from the health system – and it is clear to all of Tasmania that the dead wood is the Health Minister, Michael Ferguson.

Tasmanian needs a Health Minister who will listen to frontline workers and health professionals and fund health properly, Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said.

“Sue Hickey has backed Labor’s campaign for more funding, more listening to experts and better wages and conditions for staff in our crisis-stricken health system,” Ms Lovell said.

“She has echoed the call of the 3500 Tasmanians who signed Labor’s petition to remove Michael Ferguson.

“Labor wrote to the Premier with ten practical suggestions for health and hospitals two months ago. They have done nothing.

“Labor moved a motion to scrap the wage cap in Parliament last week which would help attract and retain nurses and health professionals. The Liberals voted against it.

“Labor successfully passed a motion demanding the Liberals hold round tables with experts around the state. These have been delayed.

“Labor will work with anyone who wants to fix Tasmania’s health crisis.

“The first thing we should be doing is demanding a new health minister who can do the job – and clear out the dead-wood Health Minister.”


Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister