The State Liberals are demanding the Health Minister Jack Snelling cut the spin and provide a clear plan to today’s Health Summit to meet Labor’s health savings targets - what health services does he plan to cut, which ones he intends to amalgamate and how many health professionals he plans to sack.
“To date the Minister has offered nothing more than a series of vague aspirational standards for health services during the six week consultation period on the Transforming Health discusssion paper,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“The fact of the matter is that Minister Snelling is planning to administer $766 million in cuts to the South Australian health system by 2017-18 and those cuts will bite deeply into the provision of health services in this state.
“The $766 million cuts the Health Minister is planning to inflict by 2017-18 are comprised of $491 million in state cuts and $275 million in federal cuts – 64% are State cuts.
“If the Minister is genuinely interested in meaningful engagement with the community and health profession on how to implement his massive cuts, then it’s critical he identifies where the axe will fall.”
• Is the Minister planning to close the emergency department at Modbury Hospital?
• Is the Minister planning to close the emergency department at Noarlunga Hospital?
• Is the Minister planning to move gynaecological services from the Royal Adelaide to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital?
• Is the Minister planning to amalgamate specialist medical services and which hospitals will lose specialist services as a consequence?
“If the Minister persists in his failure to put a single concrete proposal on the table, South Australians have every right to write today’s conference off as merely a cynical public relations exercise,” said Mr Wade.
“Our public hospitals are already in crisis before the Weatherill Government’s budget cuts and without exceptional leadership the situation will go from bad to dire in the coming years.”