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Hospital funding windfall

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The Hodgman Government is set to hire dozens more doctors and hundreds more nurses at Tasmania's only tertiary referral hospital in funding to be announced in tomorrow's budget. 

Around $90 million of the $132 million investment will be spent expanding the Royal Hobart Hospital's Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit to address chronic overcrowding. 

Health Minister Michael Ferguson sees the benefits being felt statewide.

"This is of course following the completion of the beautiful new redevlopment, the funding will see more than 100 new beds open at the Royal over the next four years, delivering a huge long term capacity boost for acute health service for not just the south, but the whole state."

But Labor's raising doubts about whether this substantial funding injection for the hospital will be delivered on time due to delays with the completion of stage 1 of the rebuild. 

A litany of issues have dogged the project, from the axing of major contractor Accuracy Interiors to the discovery of asbestos.