junior doctors sign a scathing review of RHH working conditions
care workers leaving the state in unprecedented numbers
and Will Hodgman must act urgently
Sarah Courtney and Will Hodgman must act
urgently to address serious failings in the public health system following a
scathing critique of safety and working conditions at the Royal Hobart Hospital
from junior doctors.
The report comes following an attack on a
senior clinician who was sacked for speaking out on the state of Tasmania’s
health system. The critique has been signed by 70 junior doctors and be
delivered to the Tasmanian Health Service on Monday with demands that must be
met within a week.
Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell,
said Tasmania’s health system continues to go from bad to worse under the
“What we are hearing is that medical
staff are being completely exhausted by a system with inadequate resources,
toxic work culture, and lacklustre training opportunities,” Ms Lovell said.
“The letter has stated that an
unprecedented number of junior doctors are leaving Tasmania to find better work
conditions elsewhere. This will have a dire effect on Tasmania’s health system.
“These are healthcare workers that want
to do the best for patients but are restricted by a Government that is failing
to provide them with the basic resources they need to do their jobs properly,
let alone the opportunities they need to thrive.
“This week we’ve already seen a senior clinician at the RHH sacked for speaking out on the state of Tasmania’s health system, but Will Hodgman and Sarah Courtney can’t keep pointing the finger at health sector workers.
“It’s time for Will Hodgman and Sarah Courtney to take responsibility for the crisis in Tasmania’s health system and act on the recommendations outlined in the letter from junior doctors to the Tasmanian Health Service.”
Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister