There is no net reduction in the number of Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) operational beds due to the decommissioning of B-Block.

Unlike the previous government, we have a safe decant plan which focuses on patient care and safety.

Given this, it is extraordinary that RHH Medical Staff Association chairman Dr Frank Nicklason would call to stop the redevelopment of the hospital which will provide future generations of Tasmanians a contemporary and world class health facility.

During 2016 the Hodgman Government and the THS worked with our dedicated staff to find additional “flex” beds in times of higher demand.

This is part of our Patients First initiative, announced in April, which is working.

As was publicly stated recently, strategies are also being developed to ensure that the RHH has the capability to service Tasmanians until the completion of K-Block.

Demolishing B-Block is a prerequisite for the construction of the new 250-bed K-Block which will provide much more space for patients.

This will increase the acute inpatient capacity in southern Tasmania by more than 35 per cent.

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