A brand new 32-bed ward could be built at the Launceston General Hospital, as part of an extra $87.3 million budget to spend on infrastructure at the hospital.
That is part of the Liberal party’s health policy, which is expected to be released on Sunday.
The Northern health package will include an extra 40 beds at the LGH, including the new 32-bed ward, to help with patient flow and ease pressure on the emergency department.
Labor released its health policy last week.
The Sunday Examiner understands the Liberals’ full health plan will be unveiled on Sunday.
“The Hodgman majority Liberal government’s priority is to invest in the public health system, reduce waiting lists, open new beds and recruit more staff,” Health Minister Michael Ferguson said.
“By having a balanced budget we can make these investments.
“It is clear that the Hodgman Liberal government is the strongest supporter of the public health system.
“A re-elected majority Liberal government will continue to support and invest in the LGH so Northern Tasmanians can access the best healthcare available.’’
Labor’s $560 million health policy, which was announced on January 30, promised to employ up to 500 additional staff across the state’s health system over the next six years.
It included a pledge to open 100 more graduate nurse positions, as well as 20 hospital doctors, 25 ambulance paramedics, and to fund 32 general practitioner internships.