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Modbury Hospital changes put patients at risk

The State Labor Government’s failure to inform people living in Adelaide’s north-east of changes to Modbury Hospital will put patients at increased risk, according to the State Liberals.

“It is a basic patient right to be properly informed about their treatment options but the State Labor Government has failed to inform residents in the north-east of the changes at Modbury Hospital and the increased risks they face,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

Key changes to the Modbury Hospital that will be implemented this week include:

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As a patient of a health service, South Australians have the right “to be told of any risks that you or a reasonable person in the same position would consider to be significant and to have these risks explained to you”. [1]

Emergency physician, Dr David Pope, said that the Government’s changes are dangerous “we know it’s not going to work and what’s incredibly frustrating for everybody is it's going to put the public in danger. We know that this is going to cost people’s health and even lives…” (5AA, 9/3/16)

“Despite its own policy the State Labor Government has not distributed information of the communities of the north-east on the changes and the risks to patients,” said Mr Wade.

“The Government is failing in its duty to inform patients so that they can understand the risk and make informed choices.

“It is no excuse to say that ambulance crews will know which emergency department to go to when half of the most serious emergency patients make their own way to an emergency department.

“The State Labor Government loves running advertising campaigns promoting themselves and attacking the Federal Government but they have failed to inform people in Adelaide’s north-east of the impact of their policies on the hospitals they rely on.”

 

Reference:
1: “Your Rights and Responsibilities - A Charter for Consumers of the South Australian Public Health System”.