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SA’s hospitals on life support

Today’s Australian Medical Association ‘Public Hospital Report Card’ shows that after 14 years of Labor mismanagement, South Australia’s hospitals are on life support.

On the key indicator of Emergency Department waiting times, South Australia is 10% worse than the national average and has gone backwards by 12% in the last 4 years.

In the last 24 hours, 5 of our 6 metropolitan Emergency Department’s (EDs) have been operating at code red or worse.

“The AMA report adds weight to concerns that Labor’s plan to downgrade 3 suburban EDs will overwhelm already overcrowded hospitals,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“Forcing people to travel further and wait longer will only worsen the performance of our EDs.”

The State Liberals believe that Commonwealth funding needs to increase but the AMA report shows that, living under the same Federal Budget, other states are managing much better.

“South Australia is vulnerable because of Labor’s mismanagement. For example, the cost blowout on the new RAH alone could run the Repat for 25 years,” said Mr Wade.

“The State Labor Government’s mismanagement of health services is highlighted by its recent purchase of an ambulance bus which won’t be able to access a number of Adelaide EDs.

“The Ambulance Employees Association believes that the bus will not be able to access the Emergency Departments at FMC, QEH and W&CH.

“The Weatherill Government’s failure to engage front-line health professionals in the design of health services has added yet another chapter in Labor’s health waste saga.”