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Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

Health Minister Michael Ferguson is rapidly backtracking on two claims he made about Tasmania's health system.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the Minister's claim of a "fully costed" decant plan for the Royal Hobart Hospital is severely in question.

Shadow Minister for Human Services Rebecca White said today the Liberal State Government’s failure to investigate thousands of reports of child abuse in Tasmania over the past year was alarming

“The Minister should be ashamed of these figures and commit to remedying them immediately,” Ms White said.

Labor has revealed that 5200 reports of child abused in the southern region alone have not been investigated and blamed savage budget cuts.

“That’s an astounding 470 reports of child abuse each month or almost 120 a week that have not been investigated.

“The safety of Tasmanian children is seriously under threat.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today called on the State Liberals to stop the blame game over health services and take responsibility for a blow out in elective surgery waiting lists since they came to office.

“An additional 1000 patients are on the waiting list at the Royal Hobart Hospital alone under the Liberals than was the case under Labor,” Ms White said.

“How is this dramatic increase possible when the Liberals promised to put million of dollars into elective surgery? Where has the money gone?

Another damning ‘Progress Report’ for the Liberal Government shows a massive 43.5 per cent blow out in Tasmania’s public housing waiting list.

“The Liberals failure in the provision of health and human services is spiraling out of control,” Shadow Human Services Minister Rebecca White said.

The Liberal Government should follow its own advice about respecting the independent umpire when it comes to paying paramedics.

In defence of Tasmania’s share of the GST, both Peter Gutwein and Will Hodgman have urged Western Australia and the Federal Government to observe the ruling of the Commonwealth Grants Commission.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the Liberals should apply the same logic to the Industrial Commission.

The latest Tasmanian health progress chart has revealed patients waiting for elective surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital has increased by a massive 41.9 per cent.

“The Liberals promised to fix the elective surgery waiting list but now we are seeing proof that it’s getting dramatically worse,” Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said.

“This clearly shows you cannot rip more than $210 million out of our health system without dire consequences.

“The reality is Michael Ferguson is expecting Tasmanian hospitals to do more and perform better with less.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White has thrown her support behind the national taskforce to combat the drug ice.

Ms White said it’s encouraging to see the issue being taken seriously at a national level.

“Unfortunately the Liberal Government here in Tasmania has tried to play down the impact of crystal methamphetamine on the community,” Ms White said.

The Liberal Government has not explained how its proposed health reforms will be adequately funded.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the health system is staring down the barrel of a funding crisis.

“We know the State Government is cutting more than $210 million from health across the forward estimates,” Ms White said.

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.

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