State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall and Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade cooked up a storm for the Save the Repat supporters this morning, thanking them for their ongoing fight to keep the Repat at Daw Park. The veterans have spent all winter camped on the steps of Parliament House in protest at the Labor Government’s plans to close the Repatriation General Hospital.
“I tip my hat to these remarkable veterans and supporters,” Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade said. “They have endured a bitterly cold Adelaide winter to give voice to the deep community commitment to save the Repat Hospital.”
“The courage and endurance of these veterans – now in their 149th day on the steps of Parliament House – has been the bedrock of the Save the Repat petition which has now been signed in one form or another by more than 112,000 South Australians.
“The Weatherill Government needs to acknowledge the depth of community anger at the decision to break its promise to never sell the Repat.”
The closure of the Repat flies in the face of repeated commitments made by the Labor Government in recent years:
• Mike Rann said: “The Repat Hospital is here to stay. The Repat Hospital will never, ever be closed by a Labor Government.”
• John Hill said the suggestion was “ridiculous” and that “it’s not something that’s going to be done by the Government.”
• Before the last election, Health Minister Jack Snelling said: “SA Health is dedicated to maintaining the same high level of care that Veterans and the local community have come to expect from the R.G.H., both now and into the future.”
“The closure of the Repat Hospital will not only disadvantage South Australian veterans, it will also have serious, negative and long-term impacts for the health of the broader community, particularly people living in the southern suburbs,” said Mr Wade.
“South Australia’s veterans and the wider community should not have to pay for Labor’s mismanagement of the health system with the closure of the Repat hospital.”