Today’s meeting with the mayors of Devonport, Latrobe, Kentish and the Central Coast on the future of the Mersey Community Hospital was constructive and I reconfirmed the Hodgman Government’s commitment to ensuring the hospital remains long into the future.

The Tasmanian Government is seeking a five-year funding commitment from the federal government to provide greater certainty for the whole health system – and we will fight tooth and nail to ensure they keep up their end of the bargain.

I met with my federal counterpart Sussan Ley in Canberra last week, to argue our case and there remains an open dialogue to make sure we get the best deal for Tasmanians.

The North West community deserves and expects all of its community leaders to continue to work together to ensure we get the best possible outcome for them.

The Tasmanian Government has fought for the North West and the Mersey in the past, and will continue to do so.

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