The Liberal Government is delivering on its promise to reduce elective surgery waiting lists with $16 million in additional funding to be made available from July 1.

New Service Agreements with all the Tasmanian Health Organisations will see $5.3 million flow from July 1 2014 to October 31 2014.

This will allow for an estimated 673 additional elective surgery procedures statewide, on top of normal service delivery.

Our immediate priority is those who need it most – children and adult category one and two patients who waited longer than the recommended time.

Under Labor and the Greens, waiting lists blew out to years and Tasmanians were denied the health care they need and deserve.

Report after report showed Labor’s incompetence, with Tasmanians facing an average wait longer than other Australians for elective surgery.

For far too long, Tasmanians have suffered from waiting queues for elective surgery.

We made a promise to fund $76 million over four years for elective surgery. We are delivering on our promises.

The Liberal Government is committed to reforming our health system and this additional funding will provide much needed relief for patients.

This is also welcome news for clinicians and health staff who can now begin planning for the future with certainty.

We are building a health system that is safe, efficient and effective and today is another step towards a better future under the Liberal Government.

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