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Three strikes for Lyell McEwin patient care

A leaked SA Health report looking at the performance of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network has assessed there is a high risk of patient harm due to insufficient resources at the Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) Intensive Care Unit.

The same report found insufficient medical staff to meet the LMH Emergency Department demand created a high risk of harm to patients and staff.

The same report found the risk of patient harm from delayed care at the LMH due to insufficient ICU medical staff was also high.

“This is a damning assessment of the impact of Transforming Health on the Lyell McEwin Hospital from within the Health Department,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“This shows once again that Transforming Health is about saving money not saving lives.

“During the past four months LMH Intensive Care Units has consistently had more patients than beds and frequently had twice as many patients as beds.

“Our monitoring of the situation at LMH Intensive Care Unit shows the average number of patients without a bed has escalated alarmingly.

“Health Minister Jack Snelling must explain why he has allowed patient and staff health at the Lyell McEwin to be severely compromised by Transforming Health budget cuts.

“Indeed the Minister must explain why he has repeatedly denies that Transforming Health is a risk to patient safety when internal Departmental reports detail a range of risks.

“The SA Health report is a warning bell for Jack Snelling.

“If the Minister continues with his ill-considered cuts to hospital health services patient and staff safety will be put at ever increasing risk.”