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Taking our Police numbers to the next level

As the Liberal Majority Government continues to increase police numbers, I today heartily congratulate the newest Police Constable graduates, who begin their careers next week.

We welcome the 20 recruits – eleven women and nine men, who have completed a rigorous 28-week course at the Police Academy and three weeks of practical experience in various stations around the state. 7 new constables will be stationed at Launceston, 8 at Hobart, 3 at Devonport and 2 at Burnie.

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Patients must never be harmed by unacceptable union stop work actions

Continuing Industrial action ordered by ANMF bosses is impacting on patient care and is unacceptable.

Today we have seen action to disrupt surgery at the Launceston General Hospital, and last week patient care was directly undermined by nurses at the Royal Hobart Hospital who refused to staff surgical theatres.

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Boost for our Emergency Volunteers

The Hodgman Liberal Government values the contribution of our 5500 emergency service volunteers in keeping Tasmania safe. That’s why we have provided an injection of $2 million over four years for volunteer Tasmania Fire Service brigades and State Emergency Service units.

The extra funding sets up a grants system – the Emergency Volunteer Support Fund – to apply for non-essential equipment, training, recruitment and engagement activities and station upgrades. read more…

Hospital wait times decline despite increased demand

The latest AIHW report shows elective surgery average waiting times in Tasmania are the lowest they’ve been in five years.*

It also highlights an improvement for the longest waiting patients. In fact, Tasmania is now better than average and in the top four in the nation.#
This is driven by Tasmania having the highest per capita rate of surgery of any state or territory in Australia. This shows our additional funding for elective is working to reduce waiting times. read more…

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