The Australian Medical Association (AMA) demands of the Tasmanian and Federal Governments to invest higher sums medical institutions and lower financial amounts in bureaucracy. The criticism results from the Public Hospital Report Card for the financial year of 2008 and 2009.
In Tasmania, medical institutions and the service they provide are of lower quality compared to the rest of the country. For example only a bit more than half of the Tasmanian emergency patients have been treated on time.
Michael Aizen, member and spokesman of the AMA, underlines: "We believe by having doctors represented on the boards of local hospital networks, and the fact that boards of these networks would be more accountable to their own populations, we will see more focus on patients and a lot less focus on bureaucracy".
Comments from the Health Ministry under Michelle O'Byrne point at the great challenges for the heath sector and their current efforts to face them and improve the situation.
Nevertheless, the AMA highlights the bad and unacceptable conditions in Tasmania clinics and hospitals. One solution idea is the establishment of more and better local hospital networks that provide care exactly where it is needed.