In the media: Lack of surgical opportunities for trainees in Tasmania

29 August 2018

In the media

The Tasmanian State Government announced $4 million dollars in funding earlier this week to reduce the elective surgery waiting list for women’s surgeries.

During the forum announcement the lack of beds for major surgery cases and limited surgical operation opportunities for trainee surgeons was raised by Royal Hobart Hospital Staff Specialist Dr Frank O’Keefe. Operational numbers for specialists is an ongoing issue across the country.

President of RANZCOG, Professor Steve Robson issued his support for the concerns raised saying, “Dr O’Keefe’s comments are valid, it takes a lot of courage to speak up. Our College is keen to work with the State Government to address these issues.”

 Click the links below to read the story coverage.

ABC: Royal Hobart Hospital at risk of losing training accreditation again over lack of operations

ABC: Royal Hobart Hospital is like a 'car up on blocks', doctor tells Health Minister Michael Ferguson

The Mercury: Praise for doctor’s ‘courageous’ actions (subscription required)




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