MORE MONEY SPENT ON PEOPLE
I CANNOT see any advantage in having a new private hospital built next to Launceston General Hospital.
Firstly the traffic is already choked up and parking is very difficult at LGH. Having another hospital next to it will make that much worse.
Secondly, where is the advantage of building one new hospital then demolishing two other hospitals. A private hospital is a business venture, sharing resources means that the public will be paying to support a private enterprise.
Public patients will be forced to go over the road to use very expensive private services.
A hospital is more than new buildings, the government continually says they are spending record amounts on the health service.
What they mean is that they are spending more money on buildings and car parks. A hospital is much more than a building and a car park.
The main problem in Tasmania is that we don't have enough doctors, nurses and ancillary staff.
The government only opened new sections of LGH a few years back because the federal government had a deal with the state that if the buildings were not used then they would have to pay the money back to the federal government.
Getting to see a doctor in the public system is near impossible. We need more money spent on people, not buildings.
Peter Godfrey, Nunamara.
WHERE'S THE RELEVANCE?
MARY Bates claims criticism of Margaret Court's condemnation of LGBTIQ people is wrong as the court is simply teaching her flock biblical truths (The Examiner, February 15). Apart from the harm inflicted on LGBTIQ members, who are real live people, the Bible is based on mythical characters with no more relevance than a comic book.
Bates is right to question religious freedom, but she fails to understand that her misguided religious freedom beliefs should be kept to others who enjoy the fantasies of her evil god, while the rest of us enjoy freedom from religion.
Bates also asks how it becomes so difficult to push religious beliefs. Can I suggest that people have become more intelligent and as science provides more answers to life's puzzling questions, religion is shown for what it really is, hocus pocus that belongs with human sacrifice and astrology.
Victor Marshall, Meander.
SURELY IT'S A NO-BRAINER
GOOD on Dick Adams. I only realised his interest when I recently looked at the old railway station at Parattah which Dick was involved in restoring decades ago (according to the plaque on the wall).
That and the Parattah Hotel are a blast from the past well worth keeping. Apparently the Longford pillars were removed in 1962/63 and cut up and melted down at the Inveresk rail workshops, then cast into brake shoes. It would be terrific to see the bridge looking the way it should.
I wonder if Dick has an opinion on the current (and long running) saga on the NW railway? It would be a great pity to see it ripped up. The tourism opportunities to run a heritage rail trip from Launceston to Scottsdale would benefit everyone surely? Considering the fact that the rails are nearly at 100 per cent and engines and rolling stock are ready to go it should be a no-brainer?
If the rails are ripped up, I think it will be regretted by all for years to come.
Allan Miller, Newstead.
GOOD RIDDANCE TO FACEBOOK
FRANKLY I couldn't care less about Facebook not allowing Australian news content to be shared. They already don't allow content considered politically incorrect to be shared, so they are just adding on to their already disrespectful policies. Good riddance to Facebook. Stand firm, Scott Morrison.
Frederick Artiss, Mowbray.
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