Labor has again failed an attempt to suspend parliamentary business to debate a no-confidence motion in Health Minister Michael Ferguson for a second day in a row.
The fresh move came after Speaker Sue Hickey appeared on ABC Radio this morning with a suggestion Mr Ferguson relinquish the role he has held for the past five years.
"He's lost the faith of the doctors, he's lost the faith of the nurses, there's not a lot of faith in the parliament," she said on Wednesday morning.
"You know he just stands up every day and says 'thanks for this report, thanks for that report'; some of the most damning reports I've ever read."
Ms Hickey said a letter from nurses to Mr Ferguson - the subject of Labor's unsuccessful motion on Tuesday - made her feel sick.
"We as Liberals cannot go on another day in this Parliament saying 'it's all your fault' across the table," she said.
Opposition leader Rebecca White in Parliament cited 17 reasons, including ambulance ramping and lack of abortion services, as to why the party had no confidence in the Health Minister.
She took a swipe at Premier Will Hodgman for not allowing debate in the minister's confidence with the assertion Mr Ferguson did not have the support of his own team.
But Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said Mr Ferguson in fact enjoyed the government's support and added he was dedicated each day to finding solutions to problems within the state's health system.
"He wakes up every single day and wants to help with the challenges in the health system," he said.
"This is just a re-run of the stunt yesterday."
Labor's Michelle O'Byrne said stakeholders part of a hospital access solutions meeting scheduled for next week would be unlikely to engage with Mr Ferguson if he was to appear at the meeting as he was viewed as a "dead man walking".
Greens health spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said the no-confidence motion needed to proceed so each member of the government could speak in defence, or otherwise, of the minister.
The motion to suspend standing orders failed to win the required two-thirds majority for a debate to proceed.
After the move against Mr Ferguson sailed, Ms White moved to suspend standing orders to debate a censure motion against Housing Minister Roger Jaensch.