Time for Labor to cut Transforming Health

The State Liberals have seized on the Auditor General’s finding that the Weatherill Government’s dangerous Transforming Health health cuts plan has not delivered a single dollar in savings to demand its termination.

“Transforming Health’s wave of service cuts is causing long term damage to health care,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“The Weatherill Government must not be allowed to throw good money after bad in a futile attempt to save it.

“Doctors, nurses, ambos and the general public are overwhelmingly opposed to Transforming Health and a responsive Government would cut its losses now.

“Last month a Galaxy poll in the Sunday Mail found 64 per cent of South Australians oppose Transforming Health whilst just 23 per cent support it.

“Jack Snelling has spent tens of millions of dollars on expensive consultants and a massive public relations campaign but has failed to convince either health professionals or the public to accept the downgrading of Adelaide’s hospitals.

“In the first two years of the project, the Government has spent:

- $30 million dollars on just two of the consultants working on the project;

- more than $3 million on public relations; and

- $56 million on the project team.

“That is money that is desperately needed in our hospitals and health services.

“Since sneaking back into office in 2014 promising increased investment in health, the Weatherill Government has moved to close three hospitals, downgrade three emergency departments and close hundreds of hospital beds.

“Adding insult to injury Minister Snelling claims these budget cuts will deliver better hospital services for South Australians.

“Halting Transforming Health now is vital to the restoration of health services to TQEH, Modbury and Noarlunga hospitals and save tens of millions of dollars in future consultancy fees and PR.”