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Weatherill Government breaks another promise to the veterans

The State Liberals have condemned the Weatherill Labor Government’s backflip on providing veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with a new, purpose built facility as a replacement for Ward 17 at the Repat.

On August the 2nd Health Minister Jack Snelling announced the Glenside Health Service Campus as the site for the “new $15 million veteran mental health precinct including the Centre for Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)."

Last Friday the Health Minister Jack Snelling announced that “the Glenside Intermediate Care Centre facility will be transitioned with appropriate renovations and extensions to be used for the previously announced Repat PTSD Centre of Excellence”.

“It is nothing short of disgraceful that the Weatherill Government has reneged on its promise to provide veterans with a new, purpose built facility for the treatment of PTSD,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

In August Chris Burns, Chair of the Veterans Health Advisory Council said he was personally “looking forward to the new state-of-the-art facility which will be purpose built for veterans.”

“A new, purpose built Centre of Excellence was offered as an inducement to overcome veterans’ opposition to moving Ward 17 from the Repat to Glenside,” said Mr Wade.

“Now we know it was just a three card trick to fool veterans into having their treatment moved to Glenside.

“The Weatherill Government is planning to convert a facility that was built as a general sub-acute facility into an acute medical facility.

“This is the equivalent of the Weatherill Government’s broken promise to build a new city high school on the old RAH site.

“The Weatherill Government clearly thinks it’s OK to break yet another promise and provide a recycled second-hand facility in place of the state-of-the-art facilities promised.

“As late as Monday of last week, veterans were being briefed by senior Transforming Health team members on the basis that the PTSD centre was a new build.”