We can’t af­ford so many hos­pi­tals

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

AN­DREW Wilkie is cor­rect. Tas­ma­nia can’t af­ford four ma­jor pub­lic hos­pi­tals (Talk­ing Point, Novem­ber 22). The La­trobe hos­pi­tal should have closed af­ter Health­scope pulled out of their con­tract years ago. The La­trobe bud­get should shift ac­cord­ingly across the three other hos­pi­tals. A to­tal cul­tural change, in­clud­ing ac­count­abil­ity for bud­gets to Trea­sury by those re­spon­si­ble is a must, if health ser­vices (in­clud­ing men­tal health) are to im­prove in this state. Ray­mond Har­vey


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