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What’s Courtney hiding?

Written by on September 17, 2020

  • Sarah
    Courtney refuses to answer questions on unnecessary deaths
  • Liberals
    desperate to downplay doctors’ concerns
  • Stonewalling
    typical of Liberal tactics

For the third
day in a row, Sarah Courtney has refused to answer questions about how many unnecessary
patient deaths there have been at the Launceston General Hospital.

Shadow Minister
for Health Sarah Lovell said the government is desperately trying to downplay
and sidestep frightening concerns raised by doctors working in the emergency
department of the LGH.

“First
Peter Gutwein lashed out at doctors for speaking out, before offering a
grudging apology today. But the behaviour of his Health Minister is cause for
deep concern.

“Doctors have
drawn attention to grave concerns, including that patients are dying because long-term
issues at the LGH have been ignored by Sarah Courtney.

“Our
patients have died unnecessarily, they have died because we did not have
appropriate space to treat and monitor them.”

“Rather
than acknowledge these concerns and the unnecessary deaths that have resulted,
Sarah Courtney has refused to answer questions in the Tasmanian Parliament –
for three days in a row.

“Her
behaviour is typical of this government’s stonewalling, secrecy and arrogance.

“Tasmanians
deserve to know whether they should share the concerns of doctors – that seeking
treatment at the LGH ED is not safe.

“And Sarah
Courtney must acknowledge, and take responsibility for, the unnecessary deaths
that have occurred at the LGH.

“These deaths are the result of the government’s deep budget cuts. The impact of those cuts did not go away, they were just temporarily pushed from the headlines.”

Sarah Lovell
Shadow Minister for Health

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