State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall will today introduce a motion in Parliament to oppose the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital.
The motion states:
That this House –
a) Reaffirms its commitment to the best possible standard of health care for veterans and war widows;
b) Acknowledges the care provided by the Repatriation General Hospital during the 73 years of its operation;
c) Recommits to the Repatriation General Hospital as a centre of excellence, maintaining its role as an acute care, teaching institution with links to the Flinders University; and,
d) Opposes any move to close the Repatriation General Hospital.
“The State Liberals believe 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,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The closure of the Repat Hospital will not only disadvantage South Australian veterans, it would also have serious, negative and long-term impacts for the health of the broader community, particularly people living in the southern suburbs.
“Having repeatedly promised to keep the Repat open its forced closure will be an act of astonishing political arrogance from the Weatherill Government.
“The closure of the Repat could see Flinders Medical Centre overwhelmed by a flood of work currently being done at Repat.
“Last year, 25 per cent of all orthopaedic and urological elective surgery performed in Adelaide was done at the Repat – Flinders did less than 3 per cent.
“Thousands of South Australian from all walks of life are grateful for the treatment they have received at the Repat and are appalled at the Weatherill Government’s plans to close it.”