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Health summit hopes


Tasmania's peak medical body is hoping political point-scoring won't be a part of Wednesday's summit aimed at tackling the impact of spiralling demand on services.

The Government and Opposition will join experts including health professionals in the stated aim of nutting out solutions to chronic bed shortages at the Royal Hobart and Launceston General hospitals.

As horror stories of an overstretched system continue to emerge, the Australian Medical Association's Doctor Frank Nicklason says it's time to dial down the emotiveness of the debate.

"It is important to acknowledge the emotional state of both families, patients, members of staff, but really, what we need going forward is objectivity about what is required and how we go about that," said Dr Nicklason. 

Labor is warning Minister Michael Ferguson to take a constructive approach. 

“This is a chance for the Minister to step up, swallow his pride and show some leadership by working with key stakeholders to implement practical solutions that will really make a difference to the lives of Tasmanians and prevent more unnecessary deaths,” said Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell.