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AMA WELCOMES HEALTH PORTFOLIO RESHUFFLE

Sunday 30th June 2019

Today the President of AMA Tasmania, Professor John Burgess commented: "the AMA welcomes the opportunity to work with Minister Courtney and Minister Rockliff in advancing the delivery of effective health care and preventative health strategies to the Tasmanian community."

"The Tasmanian Health Service and the Health portfolio has been caught in a deepening crisis for an extended period. The AMA sees this Cabinet reshuffle as a sensible way of health moving forward with a fresh start.

30 JUN 2019

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ACCESS SOLUTIONS MEETING

With the increasing pressure being experienced by Emergency Departments at Tasmania’s public hospitals, AMA Tasmania welcomes the opportunity to participate in the emergency department Access Solutions Summit scheduled for tomorrow.

AMA spokesperson Dr Frank Nicklason said today: “We see this as a chance to listen, learn, and to contribute solutions.

“It is well documented that patients across Tasmania are subjected to ongoing hospital access block, preventing them from receiving timely hospital care in the right location within the prescribed time frames.

18 JUN 2019

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT CONFIRMS CRISIS ACROSS ALL TASMANIA’S MAJOR HOSPITALS

Today’s release of the Auditor General’s Report into the delivery of Emergency Department Services provides the independent evidence of the crisis in our hospitals the AMA has been raising publicly for some time. 

AMA Tasmania spokesperson, Dr. John Saul said that the report was damning, and that action was required across the hospital system from more funding to better governance.

“What this report confirms is that extraordinary blowouts in ambulance ramping times, overcrowding in our EDs and bed block on our wards, is affecting patient care.

28 MAY 2019

GOVERNMENT HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT LITTLE MORE THAN A STUNT

AMA Tasmania President Professor Dr John Burgess commented “today’s hospital funding announcement by the Government smacked of being nothing more than a stunt.

“It is a reannouncement of funding supposedly committed in last year’s budget in which 298 (just two less than this year) extra hospital beds were promised, but nothing of significance delivered.

“Importantly, this Budget begins the rollout of 298 brand new beds in our hospitals.” Minister Ferguson 14 June 2018

26 MAY 2019

STATE WIDE WINTER INFLUENZA PLAN WELCOMED

With the winter flu season upon us and our emergency departments across the State already stretched, AMA Tasmania Vice President, Dr. John Davis welcomed the release of the government's Winter Demand Management Plan.


Dr. Davis said, "it is crucial for the government to have a plan in place to deal with the threat of influenza on the community and hospitals; however, we were disappointed that the AMA was not consulted on the strategy. 


“While the plan, overall, is welcome and much needed, as a key stakeholder, AMA Tasmania should have been consulted.

19 MAY 2019

A FOCUS ON CONSISTENT AND STRATEGIC HEALTH FUNDING IS REQUIRED

Following the announcement today by Federal Labor of further promises concerning the Tasmanian health system, AMA Tasmania President Professor John Burgess commented, “despite Labor’s Health funding announcements, we are yet to see any substantive commitment from either party to strategically and sustainably fund ongoing hospital services and hospital facility redevelopment in Tasmania.”

3 MAY 2019