Mrs Armitage (Launceston) to ask the Honourable the Leader of the Government -
With reference to the Department of Treasury and Finance Revised Estimates report 2014-2015 (including December Quarterly report) Page 23 - Supplies and Consumables – which reads -
The increase in supplies and consumables primarily reflects:
an increase of $8.0 million in THO-South’s expenditure reflecting the Supplies and consumables portion of an additional $22.0 million above Budget expenditure;
an increase of $4.0 million in THO-North-West’s expenditure primarily reflecting the supplies and consumables portion of an additional $8.0 million above Budget expenditure -
Can the Government explain how this has been allowed to occur, given this has not occurred in THO North?
Answer from the Leader of the Government, Dr Vanessa Goodwin:
The Revised Estimates Report contains additional funding of $30 million to cover operational cost overruns in THO South and THO North-West in 2014-15. This funding is split across staffing costs and medical supplies - a component of Supplies and Consumables. THO North has not experienced the same funding pressures as THO South and THO North West since its establishment. The One Health System reforms are seeking to address the sustainability of the health system through more efficient service delivery and reduced duplication within the resources available.
(Answer supplied June 25, 2015)