39 additional permanent beds for the North

An additional 39 beds will be permanently opened in the North by the Hodgman Liberal Government.
The State Budget 2017-18 includes a record $7 billion investment in health and delivers more beds, with 19 at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) and 20 at the John L Grove rehabilitation centre, and more permanent hospital staff for the North.

Across the North we will employ more than 85 staff, including more than 45 nurses, and a range of doctors, allied health and support workers.
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Labor votes against protecting emergency service workers

Labor has once again chosen self-interest above the safety of Tasmanians when they shamefully voted against mandatory minimum sentences for serious assaults on emergency service workers.

Frontline workers have the right to work without being seriously assaulted, which is exactly why we introduced this legislation that sends the right message that this will no longer be tolerated.
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More money, more paramedics

Our record Health Budget provides more than $7 billion for health services, and includes new funding for Ambulance Tasmania. Unlike Labor, who looked to bring in an ambulance levy and make Tasmanians foot the bill for vital services, we have put the Budget on a sustainable footing so we can invest more in our ambulance service.
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14 hours ago

Michael Ferguson

Thanks Matt!

We were elected together and have been friends and colleagues in the Liberal team ever since. I count it an honour to have worked with you.

Our beautiful state has been well and truly served by you - and your family who made it possible.

Matthew Groom MPPolitics can be extremely demanding and stressful on family life, and I am sure all Tasmanians will understand Matthew Groom MP's decision to leave the political arena at the next state election. On behalf of the Parliamentary Liberal team, we thank Matt for being an important and valuable member of the Tasmanian Liberal team over the last 8 years.
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Thanks Matt!We were elected together and have been friends and colleagues in the Liberal team ever since.  I count it an honour to have worked with you.Our beautiful state has been well and truly served by you - and your family who made it possible.Matthew Groom MP

1 day ago

Michael Ferguson

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I'm immensely grateful in my role as Minister for Health to launch Mental Health Week 2017 (which occurs October 8-14). The theme for the week this year is “Stronger Together”, which I think is just great.

Stronger Together speaks to the very essence of what we are aiming to achieve as a community. It is also a week to remember that looking after our own mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. Also, there are things we can all do to help others on their journey.

You can visit the Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s website to view the full program of events taking place www.mhct.org/mentalhealthweek

PICS: I was honoured to be invited to help place the aboriginal bark canoe with the burning leaves into the fountain. I've never been asked to do that but I could tell that it recognised a part of Aboriginal culture that is important to the community. The puzzle pieces were distributed amongst the guests at the launch. We all have things that we can bring to solve the mental health puzzle, and we need to work together.
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