Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin is recovering at his Devonport home following successful surgery to replace a heart valve at Royal Hobart Hospital last week.
“I am very grateful for the dedication and skills of Tasmanian health professionals and for the strong moral support I have received from family, close friends and my staff,” Senator Martin said.
“We may disagree on the levels and distribution of public hospital funding in Australia, but we have the best public health system in the world and I would not want this procedure done anywhere else.”
Senator Martin is expected to take some weeks to fully recover following the operation but stressed his office is running as normal.
He has politely respected that his privacy be respected during his convalescence.