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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hospital Staffing Vacancies - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Hospital Staffing Vacancies - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Deputy Premier David Llewellyn said today it was time the Liberal Party caught up with the facts about medical staffing in the State’s hospitals.

Mr Llewellyn said that contrary to the alarmist claims of the Liberals, the State’s hospitals were recruiting strongly.

“The allegations by Ms Napier about 95 specialist vacancies at the Royal Hobart Hospital are a complete work of fiction.

“This is yet another attempt by the Opposition to undermine the Royal and denigrate its recruiting successes.

“The facts are:

Ø The RHH has just two specialist vacancies - for a Director of Geriatrics and a Director of Neurology;

Ø Except for the 10 specialists for yet-to-be completed facilities, just three of the Royal’s new Better Hospitals specialist positions – in cardiology, general medicine/respiratory and rheumatology – are currently unfilled;

Ø Of 97 junior medical positions in this year’s RHH intake, 94 have been filled and just three remain unfilled – for two paediatric registrars and one ENT registrar.

“That is a vastly different picture than the doom and gloom being peddled by the Liberals to try to divert attention from the long-term impact of their disgraceful assault on the Royal when Ms Napier was Deputy Premier.”

Mr Llewellyn said the recruiting successes of the Launceston General and North West Regional Hospitals were similarly impressive.

“Of 190 medical positions at the LGH there are just seven current vacancies, including two emergency specialists, one endocrinologist, and one visiting medical officer in plastics.

“The LGH had 89 junior positions in this year’s annual intake and has filled 86 of them, with just three – two emergency registrars and one surgical registrar – still vacant.

“The NWRH has just four vacancies from 47 junior doctor positions and has only eight current senior medical vacancies, with a total of 33 applicants and locums in all but one of the positions.

“We will always have positions that are difficult to fill and there will always be staff turnover in a system as large as our public hospitals.

“However, we are heading in the right direction and Tasmanians should be congratulating the hospitals for their success.

“It is time the Liberal Party owned up to its culpability for the problems we still face and stopped attacking those who are trying to fix them.”


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