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Health professionals raise serious concerns about impact of Mersey ED reduced hours

Written by on September 15, 2020

  • Serious impacts to patients and hospital staff
    from reduced Mersey ED hours 
  • Registrars at the LGH speaking out about the
    knock on effects
  • Sarah Courtney must reopen Mersey ED to 24/7
    operation

Sarah
Courtney must listen to the serious concerns of health professionals about the
knock on effects to other hospitals from reduced hours at the Mersey Community
Hospital’s emergency department.

Labor
Member for Braddon, Anita Dow, said the Minister had repeatedly ignored the
warnings.

“In
Question Time today, the Minister failed to detail what additional resources would be
provided to the Launceston General Hospital and the North West Regional
Hospital to manage the increased demand from reduced hours at the Mersey,” Ms
Dow said.

“It’s
a question Labor has repeatedly asked only for the Government to accuse us of
scaremongering.

“Now
we have Registrars at the LGH speaking out about the serious consequences of
the Minister’s decisions.”

A
letter from Registrars at the LGH to Tasmanian Health Service management
states:

“As the Mersey Community Hospital’s ED was scaled back,
presentations to our hospital (which was already beyond capacity) increased
significantly.”

“Working with this increase workload in a department that
is constantly bed-blocked is unacceptable, dangerous and unsustainable.”

“Sarah Courtney must take responsibility
for the serious impact to patients and hospital staff from reduced hours at the
Mersey’s ED,” Ms Dow said.

“We are calling on the
Minister to detail what additional resources the Government has provided to the
LGH and NWRH to manage increased demand and give a commitment to reopen the
Mersey ED to 24/7 operation as a matter of urgency.

“Tasmanian
Labor is listening to the North West community and has launched a petition to restore the Mersey Community Hospital’s 24-hour
emergency department.

“People on the North West coast deserve access to essential services and our hardworking health professionals deserve a safe working environment.”

Anita Dow MP
Labor Member for Braddon

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