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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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Medical cannabis Controlled Access Scheme to open on September 1

The Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting Tasmanians to get access to medical cannabis through the Controlled Access Scheme from September 1.

The Controlled Access Scheme will mean that patients can be prescribed with unregistered medical cannabis products by an appropriately qualified, specialist doctor.
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Response to AMA Tasmania President

The Hodgman Government is committed to providing the best possible health care for all Tasmanians. Since 2014 we have been steadily working to improve the system with increased investments and the One Health System reforms which were widely consulted and strongly supported by all health organisations including the AMA. We don’t believe the system is as good as it should be. But the improvements that have been achieved need to be consolidated and built upon.
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