A prominent home care provider and a community group have criticised Labor's proposal to build a palliative care unit at the Launceston General Hospital, saying it shouldn't be "attached to a busy hospital".
But Bass Labor MHR Ross Hart has attempted to allay concerns the palliative care unit might be placed inside the LGH, saying the sub-acute facility in which it would be contained would instead be "near" the hospital.
On Wednesday, Mr Hart announced Labor's plan to establish a palliative care unit for the North, saying it would form part of the already-announced $35 million sub-acute facility which would be co-located at the LGH precinct.
Labor has said the facility would have at least 35 beds on the whole. It's not yet clear how many of those beds would be for palliative care.
The pledge came after the Friends of Northern Hospice group accused Mr Hart of backflipping on a policy he took to the 2016 federal election - to establish a $3 million, 10-bed hospice facility in Launceston.
And neither Friends of Northern Hospice nor Community Care Tasmania are entirely happy with the new proposal.
"While we welcome the funds attached to the hospital ...unless it's in an appropriate setting it's not a hospice," Friends of Northern Hospice spokeswoman Barb Baker said in a statement.
Community Care Tasmania chairwoman Jennifer Baird called on the major parties to provide the organisation with $4.6 million to build its own dedicated palliative and respite care facility.
But Mr Hart said Labor's proposed facility would deliver care "in an appropriate and therapeutic setting in consultation with the community".
"A dedicated palliative care unit will be part of the integrated facility," he said. "The Labor commitment enables us to provide safe palliative care and to design the setting so that it is also appropriate and therapeutic," he said.