25 July 2011 The Green-Labor Alliance in Tasmania should admit that it is as hopeless at managing the Tasmanian health system as are its Labor-Green colleagues in Canberra.
On one hand State Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne is overseeing a slashing of health spending which will see the loss of doctors and nurses from health facilities, on the other she is “confident” a massively re-developed Royal Hobart Hospital can be “adequately staffed”.
“This Minister should definitely audition for the classic political comedy. She’d fit right in,” Federal Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton said today.
“Federal Minister Nicola Roxon told us spending on Royal Hobart Hospital would mean more beds, more services and better facilities. Minister O’Byrne would have us believe that it can all happen with fewer doctors, fewer nurses and massive spending cuts. It defies logic and credulity.”
Mr Dutton said the Tasmanian Government had been unable to prepare an adequate submission for funding for Royal Hobart Hospital and that Independent MP Andrew Wilkie had forced Federal funding for the hospital.
“The State and Federal Labor-Green alliances now need to give him an ironclad guarantee that there’ll be enough staff to operate the hospital after half a billion dollars is spent on its re-development.”