Public meeting to voice concerns over cuts to the QEH

Western suburbs residents concerned about the State Government’s plan to downgrade cardiac and other health services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will attend a public meeting today convened by Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade MLC, Independent MLC John Darley and Senator Nick Xenophon.

The ‘cath labs’ (cardiac catheterization facilities) at TQEH are due to close under the Government’s ‘Transforming Health’ plan with patients suspected of having a heart attack redirected to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. There are real concerns the cath lab closure will compromise the treatment of patients from the Western suburbs of Adelaide and could lead to worse health outcomes and potentially cost lives.

There are also concerns about the impact of Transforming Health plans on the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and rehabilitation services due to be relocated from Hampstead to TQEH.

The meeting will hear from Cardiologist Flinders University Professor Bill Heddle, TQEH cardiac patient Adrian Miranda, SA Salaried Medical Officers Association’s Bernadette Mulholland, rehabilitation consumer Sue Twelftree, and former Labor MP Kevin Hamilton.

The public meeting comes after Mr Wade and Mr Darley launched a petition for both Houses of the Parliament of South Australia calling on the Government:

to ensure that the two cardiac catheter laboratories continue to operate at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital to ensure speedy and effective cardiac treatment in the case of emergencies and for chronic cardiac patients.

Minister for Health Jack Snelling was invited to the meeting but is yet to RSVP.

Joint release by the Hon Stephen Wade MLC, Hon John Darley MLC and Senator Nick Xenophon