ACCESS to timely, safe, high quality health care is a reasonable expectation for all Tasmanians. Currently residents in the North-West and West Coast regions, and other regional areas, are right to feel aggrieved at the inequity we face in access to some health services that could and should be provided in our local region.
We generally accept it is safer to travel to access a one-off complex surgical procedure, despite the inconvenience at the time. However, travelling for noncomplex procedures that can and should be provided locally or for some chronic conditions is unreasonable and inequitable.
Ms FORREST (Murchison) - Mr President, I am happy to speak on this issue. I am not going to reflect on what the Government Administration A subcommittee is looking at in its inquiry. It will report in due course. A few things being talked about in the public arena do need comment, particularly with my background in the health field as a nurse and midwife. This is not reflecting on the work of the committee; this is reflecting on public comments I have made in other places and information already in the public arena.