The establishment of a Save the Repat Steering Committee is the latest development in the ongoing campaign to save the much loved hospital from closure by the Weatherill Government.
The Committee is strongly of the view that the lack of information and credible transparent consultation means that the veterans and wider community have not had the opportunity to preserve the centre of excellence that is the Repat.
The Steering Committee, meeting for the first time today, brings together veterans, community members and medical professionals. Its formation highlights the growing strength of the community’s resolve to save the Repatriation General Hospital.
“The Weatherill Government has badly misjudged the depth of community feeling about its arrogant decision to close the Repat,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“As of this morning, 44 RSL Sub-Branches across the State have signed an open letter calling on the Government to save the Repat, thousands of South Australians have attended community rallies and almost 50,000 people have signed Save the Repat petitions.
“The Weatherill Government seems to have forgotten the debt we owe the service men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country. Ignoring the wishes of veterans by closing the much-loved hospital is deeply disrespectful.”
The members of the Steering Committee are:
- Augustinus Krikke, veteran’s spokesperson;
- Professor Ian Maddocks, former Senior Australian of the Year;
- Lyn Such, community advocate;
- Bill Denny, former Head of Veterans’ SA;
- Professor Annette Summers AO RFD; and
- Steven Marshall, State Liberal Leader.
The goals of the campaign are to:
- retain the Repatriation General Hospital as a place where medical, surgical and rehabilitation care is provided to veterans and the general community;
- rebuild Ward 17 on the Daw Park site; and
- redevelop the Daw House Hospice on the Daw Park site.
The Steering Committee – launched today – will oversee the development of working groups which will run the campaign on a day-to-day basis. An early focus of the Committee is providing support for a rally in Elder Park on Sunday the 3rd of May at 12.30pm.