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New Minister – Same Health chaos

Rookie Health Minister Peter Malinauskas has been hit with the departure of two key leaders in SA Health only weeks into his tenure as Health Minister.

It has been revealed that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Ms Naomi Dwyer and the CEO of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Professor Mike O’Keefe are both stepping down from their roles.

“South Australia’s ongoing health crisis will continue under the watch of South Australia’s new rookie Health Minister Peter Malinauskas,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“Leadership instability at both the ministerial and bureaucratic level will undermine the recovery of South Australia’s healthcare system.

“The revolving door of executives at SA Health since the Weatherill Government’s disastrous Transforming Health experiment has only sped up in the last year.

“The tally of Chief Executives who have left SA Health since Transforming Health now stands at seven:

- David Panter, CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2015)
- Belinda Moyes, CEO of Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (June 2016)
- David Swan, CEO, SA Health (August 2016)
- Julia Squire, CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2017)
- Len Richards, Interim CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2017)
- Naomi Dwyer, CEO of Women’s and Children’s Health Network (October 2017)
- Mike O’Keefe, CEO of Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (October 2017)

“The Weatherill Government’s inability to hold on to its key leaders speaks volumes about the chaos caused by Transforming Health and is a vote of no confidence in the Government’s capacity to deliver quality health care for South Australians.

“While key SA Health executives continue to walk out on the Weatherill Government, South Australians can expect the health crisis to worsen.”