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Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been forced to correct the record over planning approval for the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The Minister wrongly claimed planning approval for the $18 million temporary building on the hospital forecourt had already been secured. The fact is that planning applications have not even been made to the Hobart City Council for much of the work.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said it was an embarrassing Question Time for Mr Ferguson.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White has welcomed the Liberal Government’s change of heart over breast cancer screening.

“It’s great news that the BreastScreen Mobile Unit will now visit St Marys and Bicheno,” Ms White said.

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff won’t say how many social workers and counsellors have been cut from Tasmanian schools.

Shadow Human Services Minister Rebecca White said cuts in education are having a broader impact.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma has once again demonstrated she is not across the Child Protection portfolio.

Twice during Question Time this morning the Minister was asked how many child protection workers were on active duty last week across the state. Twice Ms Petrusma failed to answer the question.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma has failed to address questions of staffing in child protection.

Shadow Minister Rebecca White this morning asked why 61 workers are currently employed in southern Tasmania instead of the required 73.

Labor welcomes the Government’s acknowledgement that it needs to consult further when it comes to health reform.

Labor warned that Michael Ferguson’s initial round of forums did not constitute proper consultation.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said people simply didn’t know what was being proposed.

There’s growing community concern that Tasmanians living in regional areas will miss out on vital breast cancer screening services.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White is worried some towns, including St Marys, will miss out on hosting the BreastScreen Mobile Unit.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson must immediately guarantee hospital beds for dementia and sub acute patients that are facing closure around the State remain open.

"Mr Ferguson has known since May last year that funding for these 40 beds would cease in April," Shadow Minister for health Rebecca White said today.

“If Mr Ferguson does not act the Jasmine Unit at the Roy Fagen Centre in Hobart and the John L. Grove Unit in Launcestson will close and 10 sub acute beds at the North-West Regional Hospital in Burnie will be lost.

The State Liberal Government is in damage control following the release of the Parliamentary report into the sale of the Triabunna export woodchip mill site.

“The report clearly demonstrates the inquiry was a politically-motivated waste of time and taxpayers’ money,” Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said.

“It has achieved nothing and highlights the Liberals failure to support the Triabunna community.

”Guy Barnett has corrupted the political process and is working against the community he is supposed to represent.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White has called on the State and Federal Liberal Governments to stop bickering over who's to blame for the closure of a Hobart dementia unit.

The Jasmine Unit at the Roy Fagan Centre in Lenah Valley will close in April.

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