South Australia Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith
Health Cuts Loom As Sham Consultation Ends
Victor P Taffa
Labor’s proposed cuts to jobs and frontline services across the Adelaide Health Service are set to be implemented following the closure of public submissions today.
“Three external reports by Deloitte and KPMG into Health cuts were released for public consultation by Minister for Health John Hill on 26th July. Today marks the end of the six week consultation period and the future is looking rocky.” Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith said.
“This has been a sham consultation. There have been few if any organised public meetings scheduled by the Government.”
“Consultation appears to have been going on behind closed doors. Just like the amalgamation of primary schools, this is just another case of announce and defend by Premier Weatherill.”
“The Government is proposing to cull hundreds of nurses’ jobs, bed closures, expedited hospital stays and the closure of a raft of frontline services Labor promised it would not close. Nurses and doctors have raised serious concerns that patient safety will be compromised by many of the cuts.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.
“There have been public rallies at the Repatriation General Hospital organized by stakeholders and Central Adelaide Local Health Network CEO Mr. Brian Rousseau has quit his post with four years to run on his contract since the cuts were foreshadowed.”
“Health ended last year $125 Million in the red and faces a $653 Million cumulative savings target over the estimates period. The Auditor-General has slammed Health financial management.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.
“New reviews are underway into primary and community health with further prospective cuts likely in the near future.”
“After ten years, Labor has overseen a complete financial mess in Health with Minister Hill failing to take responsibility.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.