The Australian Nursing Federation claims the hospital situation in Tasmania is now the worst its ever been with an unprecedented amount of admissions.
Tasmanian branch secretary Neroli Ellis says every single bed - closed following cuts in the last state budget - had to be reopened in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart yesterday forcing already overworked nurses to breaking point.
Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne says an increase in demand is normal at this time of year, but Ms Ellis disagrees
The rifts in Tasmania's Government are opening up with Brenton Best once again launching a broadside at Green Minister Nick McKim.
After backing an Opposition no-confidence motion against Mr McKim's handling of the prisons portfolio yesterday, the Member for Braddon says being part of a Green Government hasn't inspired him and he's been flooded with concerns from his electorate at Labor's involvement with the minor party.
Mr Best admits it hasn't been well received on his side of politics.
Lara Giddings has decided to ramp up Tasmania's debt rather than risk further pain in the economy by slashing spending ...and cutting more jobs in frontline services.
Instead she's increased the Health budget by 3.5 percent to 1.2 billion....police can count on an extra $32 million over four years....and in her best indication yet that she'll sign a Gonski deal with the Prime Minister, education gets an extra $83 million over four years....(more)
The deficit now expands to $426 million, $143 million more than the forecast a year ago.