Health bureaucrat paid $2200 a day

Opposition Leader Bryan Green
Opposition Leader Bryan Green

Heavily censored Right to Information documents released in parliament this morning reveal the chairman of the committee overseeing the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment taskforce has been paid $2200 a day.

Former Department of Health and Human Services secretary John Ramsay has been taking in a fee of $2200 a day, and other task force members have been paid almost $3000.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green asked Health Minister Michael Ferguson how he could justify the huge consultancy fees.

Mr Ferguson said the taskforce had made a ''sterling job'' and $2 million is savings had already been identified.

Mr Ferguson announced in May that he would delay the troubled $365 million redevelopment by six months, during which time the taskforce would review the project.

The government refused to take responsibility for the blacked-out pages of the RTI document, with Mr Ferguson telling parliament it was independently prepared. 

It was also revealed that Mr Ferguson has paid back his $776 taxi ride from Launceston to Hobart return.

Labor last week released an RTI document that showed Mr Ferguson made the trip in April to attend a press conference when a ministerial driver was unavailable. 

The taxi ride was heavily critisized by unions. 


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