Southern suburbs residents concerned about State Government plans to downgrade Noarlunga Hospital ED and cram additional patients into Flinders Medical Centre will gather at the Morphett Vale Bowling Club from 6.30pm tonight.
“The Weatherill Government is facing ongoing opposition to its radical health cuts plan. In the face of yet another rally against the closure of the Repat yesterday, a march from Victoria Square and the ongoing protest by veterans on the steps of Parliament House, tonight’s public meeting will provide a snapshot of community concern,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“Community concerns add to broad criticism of the plan from the AMA, SASMOA, ANMF and ambulance officers.
“When the very professionals who deliver care are strongly concerned that your plan will damage health care, it’s time to stop and think again.
“It is clear that nobody is buying the Weatherill Government’s spin that cutting hospital services will result in better health outcomes.
“The Weatherill Government has failed to convince South Australians that its plan to close three hospitals, downgrade three emergency departments and make patients travel further for elective surgery is anything more than a cost cutting exercise.
“Indeed whilst Health Minister Jack Snelling was on extended holiday leave during April acting Health Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis both revealed in unguarded moments that Transforming Health’s strategy of closing hospitals is driven by Labor’s budget problems.
“The verdict of stakeholders and the community is clear - the radical health plan will fail and needs to be withdrawn.
“The plan is half-baked and poorly consulted. Much of what is salvageable will require radical recasting.”
“With any future plan, the community and health professionals must be fully engaged, have access to the detailed data, information and analysis that sits behind the plan, and be given sufficient time”.