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Gov refutes deadly hospital claim

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Health unions are continuing their push for more funding for Tasmania's health system after the tragic case of a man who died after being sent home from Launceston General Hospital's emergency department.

The death of Turners Beach man John Novaski is one of more than a dozen cases in the last two years where a coroner has criticised the standard of treatment.

Andrew Brakey from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has told WIN the State Government needs to abandon its obsession with budget surpluses.

"We are seeing this because there's inadequate funding, there's inadequate beds open," he said.

"We know there are beds in the hospital that if they were funded could be open 24/7."

The Hodgman Government's fending off claims it's raiding Tasmania's health system to prop up budget surpluses following shocking reports on national TV this week.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney copped flack on the issue from the Opposition in Parliament. 

"I reject the assertion that we are cutting health," Ms Courtney said to cries of "shame" from the Opposition. 

"We are investing more - 32% of our budget into health, up from 25%," she said.