The health and wellbeing of Tasmanians has always been our top priority, and a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will deliver the biggest ever package of works at the LGH, with a $580 million building program. We will also fast track the co-located private hospital adjacent to the LGH, as well as deliver $52 million for more surgeries in Northern Tasmania as part of our record elective surgery boost.
Our plan to deliver the healthcare Northern Tasmanians deserve to secure Tasmania’s future, includes more surgeries, more staff, more community-based care and new facilities, including:
- A new purpose-built mental health precinct;
- A new seven-storey tower block providing space for up to seven new hospital wards, as well as expansion and refurbishment of existing wards, to provide more single rooms;
- A redesigned ambulance and patient drop-off zone and a new and bigger ED waiting room, including separate areas for children, adults and people in acute psychological distress;
- The new Ward 3D to be designed and fitted out as a dedicated Older Persons unit, to enable best practice care for our most vulnerable patients;
- A full refurbishment of the adjacent 39 Frankland Street as a dedicated administration and learning hub; and
- A new 10-bed, five-recliner coronary care unit, as part of an expansion of medical imaging.
We will employ up to 280 additional full-time equivalent staff to support these new and boosted services across Tasmania, including more than 160 nurses, 14 doctors, 30 allied health staff as well as more than 70 hospital support staff. This is in addition to new staff that will be recruited to support our already budgeted commitments, which for Northern Tasmania includes the new Ward 3D.
We thank the staff at the LGH for their hard work and tireless dedication to providing world class care, which will be further supported by this landmark investment.
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government has already delivered more funding, more staff and more health services than any government before, and reopened beds at the LGH that were closed by Labor. We are now spending $9.8 billion on health - $4 billion more than the Labor-Green Government in 2013-14.
We know there is more to do, and this plan lays out how we will address immediate demand challenges in health, while getting on with our longer-term plans for the expansion of the LGH precinct to secure Tasmania’s future.
We also recognise the importance of preventative health, mental health, ambulance and rural health, and we will be releasing plans in these areas shortly.