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Author: Rhiana Whitson

Vicki Denton is seeing better than she has in years. She gave up on the public health system and went into debt to have private surgery to avoid going blind. Read more: 'I couldn't wait that long': Why Vicki took out a loan to fund her surgery Source: ABC News

Elective surgery relief for Sally McShane is still years away under Tasmania’s worsening waiting list. One doctor says his request for a male patient be moved up the list, was met with an “inappropriate” hospital letter. Read more: Doctor 'made to feel guilty' for requesting patients be treated sooner Source: ABC News

Photos and documents show nurses in the Roy Fagan Centre for aged psychiatric patients use old pagers and duress buttons held together with sticky tape. Read more: 'High risk of injury' from 'old and outdated' duress alarm system at psychiatric facility Source: ABC News

Spencer Connelly, 11, was supposed to have his third round of skin graft surgery within 90 days. But he’s been waiting 15 months as Tasmania’s elective surgery waiting list blows out. Read more: Child victim of arson attack forced to wait 15 months for skin graft surgery Source: ABC News

The Peck family want the Tasmanian Government to overhaul the Mental Health Act so clinicians can consider a patient’s history and risk of self-harm when considering involuntary treatment orders. Read more: Parents call for mental health act overhaul after son died hours after hospital discharge Source: ABC News

Helen Manser has been waiting two years for follow-up elective surgery after recovering from bladder cancer. She says she suffers “deeply personal” health problems, including recurring urinary tract infections and pain. Read more: 'Horrendous toll': Two years after beating cancer, Helen's still waiting for follow-up surgery Source: ABC News

The Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey accuses the state’s public housing provider of prejudice, failing its vulnerable tenants and of being an unfit landlord in a scathing submission to her own party’s housing inquiry. Read more: 'Compliance above humanity': Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey lashes state-run public housing provider Source: ABC News

David Holland was diagnosed with terminal leukemia almost three years ago. He’s spent a lot of time thinking about how and when he wants to die. Read more: David has terminal leukemia. When he dies he wants to be 'in control' Source: ABC News

Now-former health minister Michael Ferguson spent five years in the job, but clinicians say the time is right for a fresh look at Tasmania’s crippled health system. Read more: Tasmanian health staff welcome end to minister's tumultuous tenure Source: ABC News

A major cabinet reshuffle sees Michael Ferguson dumped from Tasmania’s embattled health portfolio and Speaker Sue Hickey considering her future after being overlooked for a portfolio. Read more: Health minister dumped in Tasmanian Cabinet reshuffle, snubbed Speaker weighs future Source: ABC News


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