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Concerns over health staffing numbers must be addressed

Key concerns regarding adequate staffing to support the government’s health preparedness plan are yet to be addressed, just eight days out from the border reopening.

Shadow Health Minister Anita Dow said while the government had outlined its plan, it was yet to outline the additional staff required to support the extra beds, ventilators and the COVID@home program. 

“We are just over a week out from our borders reopening and the ANMF have quite rightly raised concerns about staffing requirements,” Ms Dow said.

“The government need to explain how staff will be supported during this incredibly challenging time.

“There is currently no modelling publicly available on the staffing required across our health system once borders reopen and we already have chronic staff shortages without COVID in the state.”

Ms Dow said the government, despite outlining recruitment numbers, have not provided details about current vacancies across the state.

“We know that staff are working overtime and dealing with shortages right now across our health system. 

“I would like to thank our health care workers for their hard work and dedication in an already high-pressure environment.

“We are now just eight days away from the border reopening and Tasmania’s health care workers must be assured that that the government has done the staff modelling required to support its COVID plan and that they will be well supported and resourced when we have COVID in our health system.”

Anita Dow MP  
Shadow Health Minister