Patients’ Lives Put At Risk

Patients’ Lives Put At Risk

South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond

Labor’s Health Crisis Ramps Up

Victor P Taffa

South Australia’s health system continues to spiral out of control under Labor as conditions in public hospitals deteriorate, putting patients’ lives at risk.

Leader of the Opposition Isobel Redmond said the buck must stop with Health Minister John Hill, who has been in charge of the health portfolio since November 2005.

“The Opposition receives confidential SA Health documents on a regular basis, indicating emergency departments are under dangerous duress.” Ms. Redmond said.

“Furthermore, the incidence of ambulances ramping (that is, ambulances queuing at hospitals, unable to deliver patients) at metropolitan hospitals is rapidly rising and placing South Australians at serious risk.”

“In fact, SA Health tried to cover up another case of ramping only yesterday and Mr Hill is apparently calling for an investigation into the cover up.” Ms. Redmond said.

“This simply isn’t good enough from Mr. Hill and Labor ramping shouldn’t be occurring in the first place.”

“Labor is more focussed on disunity and division rather than on the real issues affecting South Australians, like the continuing health crises plaguing the Government.”

“Mr. Hill and Labor are in complete denial about the state of our health system.” Ms. Redmond said.

“This Government needs to start thinking about long term solutions to health problems rather than bandaid solutions in the short term.”

“The buck stops with Mr. Hill as Health Minister and it’s time Labor focussed on our state’s health crisis rather than its own disunity problems.”

“Labor needs to refocus its priorities from disunity and division to fixing South Australia’s health system.” Ms. Redmond said.

“Mr. Hill and Labor must ensure nurses, doctors, patients and visitors are safe in our hospitals.”

“The real problem here is a Labor Government that has been in crisis for so long they don’t even recognise a crisis when it comes along.” Ms. Redmond said.