Libs' plan $27m for Northern health

THE state Liberals yesterday announced a regional breakdown of their $90 million health plan, with $27 million allocated to Northern Tasmania.

Opposition spokesman for health Jeremy Rockliff said the party would reopen beds, hire more frontline staff and fund more elective surgeries.

Mr Rockliff said the party's plan for the North included:

 - An additional $27 million for elective surgery.

 - Reopening up to 15 surgical beds.

 - Up to 40 additional full-time frontline health staff.

 - Reintroducing Hospital in the Home.

 - A share of $3 million for alternatives to hospital care for people with chronic disease.

 - A share of $5.4 million for up to 85 new placements for graduate nurses.

 - A share of $5.5 million for mental health.

 - A share of $4.4 million for early intervention nurses in schools.

 - An $100,000 independent study into a hospice and palliative care centre.

Mr Rockliff said the plan would be funded through the party's planned $500 million in savings, but did not say what non-frontline jobs would be cut to make the savings.

``We're telling Tasmanians what our priorities are, and our priorities are frontline staff in police, health and education,'' Mr Rockliff said.

Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne said the policy was ``massively underfunded''. 

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