first_imgMersey Community Hospital fund evaporating Tasmanian LaborMersey Hospital funds will dry up before funding deal expiresFinancial strategy for the Mersey based on unrealistic assumptionsAnother example of the Liberals’ disregard for Tasmanians living on the North West CoastThe future funding for the Mersey Community Hospital is in doubt, with figures revealed today showing a shortfall of nearly $100 million.Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said Labor raised concerns about the funding model two years ago, yet the government had done nothing to shore up the hospital’s future funding.“There is significant risk that the funding provided for the Mersey by the Commonwealth will dry up before the end of the funding period, leaving the future of the hospital in doubt.“That funding agreement was supposed to provide certainty for the next ten years of operation, but figures confirmed in Government Business Enterprise hearings today indicate the money will run out before then.“When the funding was announced, then Health Minister Michael Ferguson said:“This safeguards the future of the hospital and allows us to continue with our much-needed changes and improvements to add a range of new services to the Mersey…”“Facing a significant funding shortfall, the Mersey can hardly be considered safe.“Labor has expressed concerns all along that the Liberals had signed Tasmanians up to a dud deal, supported by an investment strategy that replies on unrealistic assumptions.”Mr O’Byrne said it’s another example of the Liberal Government’s discrimination by postcode.“For too long the health and medical needs of the North West Coast have been treated in a piecemeal manner, with a heavy reliance on locums.“The Mersey Hospital has been neglected and understaffed, resulting in the recent closure of the Emergency Department.“The people of the North West Coast deserve an explanation from the Liberals on what will be done to ensure ongoing funding for the Mersey Hospital.”David O’Byrne MP Shadow Treasurer /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, business, commonwealth, community, Emergency, Ferguson, future, Government, health minister, hospital, Investment, Minister, operation, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, West Coastlast_img read more