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Has the Health Minister finally asked the Prime Minister for help?

Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff  must outline for Tasmanians what he has done to ensure the state’s hospitals are prepared for a potentially wider outbreak of COVID-19 and if he has finally demanded more help from Canberra.

Shadow Health Minister Anita Dow said Mr Rockliff needed to assure Tasmanians he was actively lobbying Scott Morrison for increased health funding since he had admitted the response to his last request had been “less than satisfactory”.

“Tasmanians are not only angry about the breach of hotel security which has caused a lockdown in the state’s south, they want to know that the government is taking every precaution to ensure our health system is ready in the unfortunate instance that more cases are detected,” Ms Dow said.

“I have written to the Prime Minister to be clear that the state’s hospitals are already in crisis and make the case for increased federal funding as we face the threat of delta.

“Tasmanians want to know if Mr Rockliff has done the same thing or if he has picked up the phone to Mr Morrison to ensure he is fully aware of the state of Tasmania’s health system and to demand increased federal funding.

“Mr Rockliff has so far been unable to say if he has had discussions or even corresponded with Mr Morrison or the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and he cannot just accept the response from Canberra so far, which he himself described as less than satisfactory.

“Our health and hospital system is already in crisis and without additional resources, it will be stressed to breaking point if there is a delta outbreak.

“With this latest incident, it has never been more important or urgent.

“It’s well beyond time for Mr Rockliff and the Liberal Government to stand up to their federal colleagues on increased health funding or are they prepared to accept that the health and well-being of Tasmanians and ensuring our hospitals are ready is a very low priority for Canberra?”

Anita Dow MP  
Shadow Minister for Health