Repat’s end a dark day for South Australia

Today is a dark day for South Australia as the Weatherill Labor Government breaks its promise to the people of this State to “never, ever” close the Repat.

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government and aged-care provider ACH Group not to finalise the sale of the Repatriation General Hospital site until after the state election.

“This deal needs to be put on hold until after the State election in March next year so South Australian voters have an opportunity to express their views on whether Adelaide can afford to lose this valuable health asset,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

Under a Marshall Liberal Government the Repat site will be retained as a health precinct as our southern hospital network cannot cope without the Repat.

Just a few weeks ago, the Premier claimed the Repat was ‘not being closed, its services are being relocated.’ (ABC 891 19/09/17)

“With the final patients being transferred off the site today, Weatherill Government’s duplicity is evident for all to see,” said Mr Wade.

“Closing the Repat was a central component of the Weatherill Labor Government’s disastrous and discredited Transforming Health agenda which will wreak havoc across the South Australian health system for years to come.

“Prior to Transforming Health, the Repat was a powerhouse for elective surgery in this state and the loss of the Repat’s elective surgery capacity and Labor’s mishandling of the opening of the new RAH has seen overdue elective surgery numbers balloon to 1500 – four times the number that were overdue this time last year.

“The loss of the Repat will be keenly felt by the many hundreds of thousands of South Australians who have worked or been treated at the hospital since it accepted its first patient in the early 1940’s.

“The veterans community fought long and hard to save the Repat, gathering more than 120,000 signatures and spending many long, cold nights sleeping on the steps of Parliament House in an effort to persuade Jay Weatherill to honour Labor’s promise to “never, ever” close the Repat.

“With 90 per cent of the Repat’s patients being drawn from the local community its closure will leave a massive hole in health services.”