Union members braved the rain on Friday for a rally over conditions at Launceston General Hospital.
Organised by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Tasmanian branch secretary Emily Shepherd said the government had done nothing to address member concerns, describing a recent $1.5 million support package as a “drop in the ocean”.
“We know that our members go above and beyond and without sounding disrespectful, our members have described working in that department on occasions like working in a war zone,” she said.
Health Minister Michael Ferguson was unable to attend the rally due to pre-existing commitments, but said the government was taking action to resolve pressures.
“I wish to assure nurses that as Health Minister I take their concerns very seriously and have offered to bring forward my regular meeting with the ANMF to next week,” he said.
Friday marked the 57th consecutive daily vigil held outside the LGH.
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