Action on Cardiac Services at TQEH

The State Liberals today announced a $6.5 million investment to secure cardiac services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will strengthen TQEH as a key cardiac centre with a primary focus on the cardiac conditions of an ageing population.

“This important investment is critical to delivering first class cardiac services for the people of western Adelaide,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Today’s announcement lays down a clear plan for the recovery of cardiac services at TQEH to ensure that the people of the west have good access to cardiac care.

“We will take urgent action to make sure that the cardiac unit does not fall over.

“We will renew the cardiac cath lab.

“We will add a second echo machine.

“We will ensure that TQEH has the capacity to deal with cardiac emergencies with a cardiac cath lab available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The State Liberals will also commence statewide planning of cardiac services which will enable TQEH cardiac services to play their part in the delivery of quality, safe cardiac services.

This will ensure that South Australia is well placed to respond to heart disease as we face a significant ageing of the population.

The Liberal team has been fighting Labor’s downgrade of cardiac services at TQEH for more than two years – since Labor released its Transforming Health budget cuts plan.

“Labor did a media stunt four months ago but has failed to stop the downgrade of the Hospital’s cardiac services,” said Mr Marshall.

“Labor has no plan for future cardiac services at TQEH with those cardiac services still at risk of falling over.

“The population of western Adelaide is one of the most elderly on mainland Australia. Treatment of heart disease will increasingly be a high priority in the area.

“The chaos and uncertainty created by the Weatherill Government’s Transforming Health cuts are continuing in Adelaide’s western suburbs.”