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Labor privatises ambulance travel

The Weatherill Labor Government’s health cuts have effectively turned friends and family of sick South Australians into private ambulances.

“Driving patients from hospital to hospital in private cars due to a lack of beds and a lack of ambulances is putting patients at increased risk,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.


“Last night Channel 7 news reported that the wife of an 84 year old patient had to drive her husband from Modbury Hospital to Gumeracha Hospital after waiting more than two hours for an ambulance.


“This shows that the health system is in a shambles.


“This case and other instances of patients being transported from hospital to hospital in private cars is in stark contrast to the Health Minister’s repeated advice to South Australians to call an ambulance when concerned about their health.


“Given that the Weatherill Government’s entire Transforming Health agenda is premised on a much greater use of ambulances it is hard to believe the Government is unable to provide for inter-hospital transfers of patients.

“Minister Snelling needs to explain exactly how the hospital system is going to cope after the close of the Repat and the downgrade of the QEH, Modbury and Noarlunga Hospitals.”