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South Australia Shadow Minister for Health Duncan McFetridge

False Alarms Risk Lives, Cost Thousands

Victor P Taffa

Faulty fire alarms are placing patients in South Australia’s Metropolitan Hospitals at serious risk with 245 false call outs in the last nine months.

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) statistics reveal that hospital fire alarms have been activated for reasons other than fire, raising serious concerns about their effectiveness.

The MFS has collected $89,000 in fees for the false calls out, although this did not even cover the costs of their services.


(Non-Fire) Alarm activations

Royal Adelaide Hospital


North Western Adelaide Health Services


Queen Elizabeth Hospital


Women & Children’s Hospital


Flinders Medical Centre


Repatriation General Hospital


Shadow Health Minister Duncan McFetridge said that Labor should not be compromising on patient safety.

“Labor has a responsibility to establish and maintain an effective fire alarm system in our hospitals and to ensure the safety and well being of patients and their families.” Dr. McFetridge said.

“If alarms are falsely activating there are also serious concerns about whether they will actually work in the event of a fire and I am calling on the Minister to swiftly resolve this problem.”

“If a fire broke out in the hospital and there is not an adequate warning, those who are seriously ill or cannot walk properly could die.” Dr. McFetridge said.

“Labor is also wasting taxpayers’ valuable money which could be better spent on our ailing health system.”

“It is vital that an effective fire safety system is maintained in our hospitals, but with our health system in crisis it appears this lazy Labor Government is too busy fighting between them to focus on the safety of South Australians.” Dr. McFetridge said.


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