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Ramping puts pressure on Xenophon’s health ‘policy’

Yesterday’s chaotic conditions at Adelaide Emergency Departments highlights the danger of Nick Xenophon’s promise to delay reform of South Australia’s ailing health system until after a Royal Commission.

The fact five metropolitan hospitals were on Code White in the middle of the afternoon in the middle of February highlights the urgent need to take decisive action to repair the damage done by Labor’s Transforming Health cuts.

“South Australians can’t afford to wait two years and three winters for a Royal Commission to provide a diagnosis of our ailing health system,” said Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade.

“South Australians should be deeply concerned about how our hospitals will cope this winter if the system is overloaded at the quietest time of the year.

“The State Liberals have been highlighting the developing crisis in our hospital system since the last election and have developed practical plans to turn the system around.

“Labor has cut deep into the hospital system through Transforming Health but Nick Xenophon has raised the prospect of even deeper cuts.

“The Marshall Liberals will hit the ground running with a comprehensive plan to revive South Australia’s health system if successful at the March state election.”

Only a Marshall Liberal Government will:

  • Restore cardiac services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital;
  • Restore a High Dependency Unit at Modbury Hospital; and
  • Establish a 12-bed acute medical ward at Noarlunga Hospital

“All of these measures will reduce the need for ambulance transfers to the major hospitals, pressure on the ambulance service and ambulance ramping at Emergency Departments”, Mr Wade said.