Modbury ED on the chopping block

The Weatherill Government’s decision to dump plans to deliver eye surgery at the Modbury Hospital and transfer orthopaedic and cardiology services to the Lyell McEwin threatens to reduce Modbury’s Emergency Department to the level of an ambulance transfer station.

“The Weatherill Government’s plans to slash surgical services at Modbury Hospital is the latest in a string of decisions that cast grave doubt over the future viability of Modbury as a major metropolitan hospital,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“If Modbury Hospital doesn’t provide the general range of surgical services Modbury ED may no longer be able to operate as a full service emergency department.

“If Modbury Hospital doesn’t provide a range of general surgical services it may not have the critical back-up emergency departments require to operate.

“Yesterday’s announcement also highlights the shoddy planning that underpins the Weatherill Government’s controversial Transforming Health agenda.

“The Weatherill Government’s original plans for locating eye surgery at Modbury Hospital were so poorly conceived that they had to be abandoned in just 8 months.

“The Weatherill Government needs to explain where the eye surgery currently performed at the Repat will be transferred to now it has abandoned its plans to concentrate opthamological services at Modbury.

“This dramatic backflip casts serious doubt on the viability of the Weatherill Government’s entire health cuts agenda.

“Nor is this the first time the Weatherill Government has been forced to backflip on its health cuts plan.

“Earlier this year the Weatherill Government was forced to abandon its plan to downgrade neo-natal intensive care until at Flinders Medical Centre.

“That back-flip followed intense public pressure from the parents of critical ill babies and the medical practitioners who treat them.

“Unfortunately this latest backflip doesn’t produce a better diagnosis for the future of the Emergency Department at Modbury Hospital. The people of the north-east deserve better.”