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Minister announces Hobart health reform

6 October 2011 - 5:09pm

The Gillard government's reform of the health sector has focused on Tasmania this week.

Private health insurance policyholders may do well to note the planned expansion of several facilities in the area set to cover paediatrics, radiotherapy and pathology services.

Minister for health and ageing Nicola Roxon made the announcements Tuesday (October 4) at the official opening of a new positron emission tomography (PET) scanner at Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH).

Roxon says: "Health reform will also deliver ten new psychogeriatric beds at the Roy Fagan Centre, a new CT scanner for the RHH emergency department plus additional equipment and staff for the emergency department, all resulting in better access to care for patients".

Royal Hobart Hospital aims to offer a 24 hour, seven day emergency CT scan and x-ray service to patients in the region.

Other announcements included an additional $340 million for the redevelopment of RHH, with $4.8 million for cancer services.

$9.9 million will be allocated to improving transport services for patients required to move to and from specialist diagnostic centres.

The Clarence GP Super Clinic will also be the recipient of $5.5 million in funding.