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BRADDON MEDICAL SPECIALISTS PETITION TO PARLIAMENT

March 26, 2019

Residents of the Braddon electorate are calling upon Scott Morrison to match Federal Labor’s commitments to restore funding to allow more visiting medical specialists to the service the region.

 

Receiving a petition signed by over 700 local residents at the Devonport GP Superclinic, Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King said, “The people of Braddon have spoken, calling upon Scott Morrison to match Labor’s commitment to restore access to visiting medical specialists in the region.

 

“Labor has committed $4.5 million to improve access to these critical services where they otherwise aren’t available, bringing the specialists to the community rather than making people have to travel to the cities or interstate.

“For some parts of Tasmania – including the North West, West Coasts and King Island – this program can be the difference between someone getting the care they need, or missing out altogether.

“Labor’s investment will mean more Tasmanians can access vital health services such as obstetricians, psychiatrists, cardiologists and optometrists.

“The Liberals slashed funding to this program known as Tazreach in 2016 by $2.5 million – meaning fewer services and fewer people treated.

 

“At the time, the West Coast Council Mayor Phil Vickers said that the funding cut would have a disastrous impact on the area:


“The loss of these services places more stress on unwell residents and will also place more pressure on these services in other regions as West Coasters will now have to travel to attend appointments.”

 

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “Scott Morrison and the Liberals have ripped millions out of Tasmania’s hospitals, frozen rebates for GPs and specialists, and cut millions out of the Tazreach program.

“Local Liberals have sat and their hands and done nothing about these cuts while waiting lists have grown and people forced to travel for medical appointments when they should not have to.

“Labor is serious about tackling the Liberals health crisis having already announced;

  • $30 million to tackle Tasmania’s elective surgery waiting lists,
  • Ending Scott Morrison’s Medicare freeze,
  • Access to stroke specialists at the North West Regional Hospital,
  • Building an interactive mini hospital ward at Devonport TAFE to train more health professionals and,
  • Restoring funding to Tazreach.”

 

TUESDAY, 26 MARCH 2019
 
MEDIA CONTACT: ADAM GARTRELL (KING) – 0427 008 525

                                    JOHN DOWLING (KEAY) - 0417 575 148

 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra