A "bittersweet" slew of promises from the Liberal Party will inject millions into the region's two major hospitals.
At least, that's what the party has promised will happen should it be re elected as the government on May 1.
A team of Liberal hopefuls, including Peter Gutwein and Sarah Courtney, gathered at both the Mersey and North West Regional hospitals on Wednesday to announce $12.4 million for two new projects.
Elphinstone Group founder Dale Elphinstone, a long time advocate and major donor towards cancer care in the North-West, was there to welcome the announcement.
He said it was a "bittersweet day for the North-West region" following the Liberals' promise to double the current capacity for cancer patients at the North West Cancer Centre.
Premier Peter Gutwein topped up the $60 million promised to the North West Regional Hospital on Wednesday with $8.1 million that would be invested to operate and staff a second linear accelerator for the centre.
"The first linear accelerator was funded by the Centre back in 2016. Since opening [it] has saved thousands of Tasmanians and the families the trip back and forward to Launceston for care," Mr Gutwein said.
Mr Elphinstone said when the campaign to establish a cancer centre in Burnie first started many argued it wasn't necessary.
"The sweet, I guess, is the government's commitment now to further develop the cancer centre, and this hospital for the North-West region," Mr Elphinstone said.
"I suppose the bitter is the need for it."
The future of the Mersey Community Hospital will also be safe in Liberal hands, according to Liberal candidate and Health Minister Sarah Courtney.
As well as a $20 million boost to physical upgrades at the Mersey, Ms Courtney said $4.3 million would be set aside to create a rural medical workforce centre.
"We know the rural generalist pathway for medical professionals is incredibly important," she said.
"It clearly shows that only the Liberal government is committed to the Mersey."
She said the party would dedicate $1 million dollars in capitol and $3.3 million for operational costs.
The move is based off a 2017 proposal by the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania, which advocated for the hospital to become a training hub for doctors who could deliver, among other things, primary care, hospital inpatient care, secondary medical care at home and emergency care.
The association said at the time a rural generalist workforce was one of the most efficient workforce solutions for small rural to medium size regional hospitals, creating the opportunity for significant savings in the coming years.
Labor MHA Dr Bastian Seidel expressed support for the proposal back in February when he took up the role of shadow health minister
The idea was not picked up at the last election, but Ms Courtney said the government had been speaking about the idea for sometime.
"We're going to be working with the colleges on the best way to spend that money."