No deal on west coast hospital closures
Tasmanian premier Jay Weatherill says a $4.7 million commitment made by the government to fund a new hospital at Murchison has been met but the state government says plans are being put on hold to allow the process to be considered.
The government would like to see the hospital built in Tasmania before Christmas but has come under fire from community leaders.
Last Friday, the Labor opposition threatened to cancel the $4.7 million commitment if the government did not guarantee the hospital is built in the next year, saying that is simply not enough time.
“What about the money? Just spend it, I guess,” Premier Weatherill told reporters in Darwin on Thursday.
“This hospital has already been approved by the federal government for 10 years. It’s never been approved for that long.”
Weatherill said the decision to wait is simply because there are some unanswered questions regarding the hospital site – including potential changes in hospital safety and security.
“These are questions that we have been asked by community groups and by the community,” he said.
“There are still some re더킹카지노ally important questions to be answered.”
Tasmanian MP for Chisholm, Mark Sink said he was disappointed by the decision to wait and had sent his submission to the government urging it to come to the table sooner.
“It’s the right decision,” Sink told ABC’s Insiders program.
“When you’re talking about $4.7 million you shouldn’t wait on any issues at all, especially as soon as you have an immediate demand to do something.”
Senator Sink also urged더킹카지노 the state government to provide the public with the details of the changes the hospital would make and the cost of the project.
“The most important things are the public know바카라사이트 exactly what is being done and I think these are critical details, for sure,” he said.
Labor has been critical of Premier Weatherill’s decision to meet with a private consortium to design a hospital.
Labor has also questioned the timing of construction, saying it is premature and the federal government is now trying to deliver.
The Liberal-National government last week released plans to deliver the project by the year 2021.
Government says plans for the hospital are ‘a little behind schedule’
A recent report by the independent external consultants found the government was building a hospital but only one part of it would be built.
The report found building the hospita