Reports that patients at the Royal Hobart Hospital are being denied even the most basic amenities shows just how warped the Government's priorities are.
Not only are patients being denied tea and coffee facilities - but we have been informed that cordial and juice have are no longer available to some patients, leaving it to family and friends to supplement patients' diets. These are the everyday impacts of the disastrous and savage Green-Labor cuts to health, and another case of warped priorities by the Government. Already Labor and the Greens have slashed elective surgery and are denying patients a bed, and once they finally get into the hospital, they can't even get access to a simple cup of tea or glass of cordial.
While the Liberals accept the budget challenges that are facing Tasmania as a result of Labor's $1 billion overspend, we do not accept that frontline services and patient care should be impacted. Instead, our Alternative Budget shows how we would save $200 million by cutting unnecessary government fluff such as consultants and government boards.
Our priorities are clear - in Government we will put frontline jobs and patient care first.