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AMA Tasmania welcomes summit

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The Australian Medical Association Tasmania has welcomed the summit scheduled in June to discuss the crisis in the Emergency Department of the Royal Hobart Hospital, but says more thanjust money needs to be allocated to fix the problem in our hospitals.

Vice President of AMA Tasmania, Dr John Davis says doctors are on the frontline in the emergency department and on the wards dealing with the increasing number of patients.

“We know the pressures staff are under and would welcome the opportunity to work with government around the solutions," Dr Davis said.

“Staff are at breaking point and need solutions to be acted upon now. There is a particular problem with the number of vulnerable patients stuck in the ED for over twelve hours."

“It is a common occurrence for the night shift at the RHH ED to start with all beds already full of admitted or waiting to be admitted, patients. This creates the bed block that sees new patients presenting to the ED ramped in ambulances or waiting in the waiting room beyond clinically recommended times to see a doctor."

“More funding is required and urgently for the RHH and the Launceston General Hospital, which is suffering from similar problems," Dr Davis said.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson says he's open to feedback and is doing everything he can to address the issue.

Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell says more funding must be made available in the upcoming state budget.