At the very time that Labor is closing down the cardiac inpatient unit at the TQEH, an international conference has highlighted the world class care it delivers to the western suburbs, the epicentre of cardiac disease in South Australia.
The results of a ground breaking South Australian study into new treatment options for heart attack victims have been presented to a meeting of the prestigious European Society of Cardiology in Rome overnight.
The pioneering clinical trial – conceived and coordinated at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) – pioneers a new treatment for use patients suffering an evolving heart attack.
The treatment uses Cardiac Catheterisation labs, the very tools that the Weatherill Government is closing at TQEH.
“The internationally recognised trial at the QEH offers hope of reducing the size of heart attacks yet the Weatherill Government is planning to close the very facilities that deliver this world class care,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“Despite the global significance of this trial, South Australian Health Minister Snelling is planning to close both of TQEH’s Cardiac Catheterisation Labs as part of the controversial Transforming Health budget cuts.
“Closing TQEH’s cath labs means that the hospital that pioneered this breakthrough will be unable to deliver and further develop this new treatment.
“This exceptional piece of medical research highlights the damage the Weatherill Government’s downgrading of TQEH is doing to the health services for the people of the western Adelaide.
“The Cardiology unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital presently treats about 3600 patients annually with about 1400 procedures performed at the Cardiac Catheterisation Labs.
“This savage gutting of services at the TQEH is a blow to the residents of the western suburbs and a serious disruption to the working environment of the teams of medical specialists who provide these critical health services.”