Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein is standing on his well being file as Labor mounts an election assault.
Well being coverage is shaping as a key marketing campaign battleground because the incumbent Liberal state authorities makes an attempt to retain energy on the Could 1 ballot.
The Tasmanian department of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has revealed 900 shifts stay unfilled within the projected April roster on the Royal Hobart Hospital.
However pressed on the employees scarcity, Mr Gutwein stated his authorities had added 1500 extra nurses, medical doctors and allied well being professionals since ending 16 years of Tasmanian Labor rule on the 2014 election.
“When it comes to the hassle that has been utilized to well being, we have executed greater than some other authorities beforehand,” he advised reporters at Bridport within the state’s northeast.
“Below the earlier Labor-Greens authorities, they slashed well being … we have repaired it, we have rebuilt it and we have invested in it.
“There’ll all the time be extra to do in well being. I acknowledge that and over the course of this marketing campaign, we’ll be saying a really robust well being coverage.”
Whereas pledging $500,000 to construct a brand new park within the Hobart suburb of Gagebrook, Labor chief Rebecca White needled the federal government on the state’s elective surgical procedure ready record.
“50,000 Tasmanians are ready to get a process or to even get on the ready record,” she advised reporters on Sunday.
She flagged Labor would make additional bulletins on housing and well being earlier than Tasmanians head to the polls.
After a 12 months dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the foremost events are backing the credentials of their prime picks for the state’s well being portfolio.
Mr Gutwein bristled on Sunday after Ms White famous Well being Minister Sarah Courtney was a small enterprise proprietor, describing the feedback as a “low blow”.
“To counsel that as a result of Ms Courtney is a small enterprise proprietor and owns a winery, she can’t be well being minister is ridiculous,” the premier stated in an announcement.
However Ms White defended her remarks, saying she was merely evaluating Ms Courtney’s resume to that of Labor’s shadow well being spokesman, Huon MP Dr Besson Seidel.
“He is been a GP in Tasmania for 10 years, he is been the president of the (Royal) Australian School of GPs,” she stated.
“He has intensive information within the well being sector and that is what we have to repair Tasmania’s well being disaster.”