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Elective surgery record spend: Liberals

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The Liberals say a record number of elective surgery procedures would be performed, if they win next month's election.

They're promising an extra $154 million dollars invested over four years.

That would lead to an extra 8,300 surgeries being performed in a year - a record for the state.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney says the commitment will reduce waiting lists and waiting times.

"This will include a wide range of surgeries and procedures, including hip and knee replacements, women’s health procedures, cataract removals, hernia repair surgeries and tonsillectomies, as well as diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopies."

"This investment is estimated to deliver nearly 20,000 more elective surgeries and over 2,300 extra endoscopies over the next four years."

The announcement has been slammed by the Opposition.

“The Liberal Government has had seven years to fix up their elective surgery mess and to fix their outpatient appointment mess - they are directly responsible for more than 50,000 Tasmanians waiting for specialist outpatient appointments and for more than 12,000 patients who need necessary surgery,” Shadow Health Minister Dr Bastian Seidel said.

“They've announced that they are going to have 22,000 surgeries done by 10 additional doctors. How is that possible?"

Former Liberal Speaker of the House-turned Independent Member for Clark Sue Hickey has also jumped on the Liberals' commitment.

"Every fortnightly meeting I had with Premier Peter Gutwein and Ministers over the past three years, health was on my agenda and I implored them to put more money into health, but they simply weren’t interested."