South Australia Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith
Hill Must Act On Country Health Concerns
Victor P Taffa
Health Minister John Hill must act immediately to instigate an independent inquiry into the nurse staffing crisis gripping South Australia’s major country hospitals.
“Grave concerns have been raised by nurses over staffing issues and patient safety over the course of this year at Renmark Paringa Hospital, Mount Gambier Hospital, Naracoorte Hospital, Berri Hospital and now the Whyalla and Port Pirie Hospitals.” Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith said.
“Country Health SA appears to be in crisis and country nurses and patients are suffering because of this.”
“Reports by nurses of unsafe staffing levels and overwork are deeply disturbing. Both nurses and patients are at risk. It is simply not good enough.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.
“The Liberal Opposition called for a formal investigation into the claims surrounding Berri Hospital last week.”
“Clearly such an investigation must encompass each hospital in which these concerns have been raised, for the sake of our hard-working nurses and country patients.”
“Health Minister Hill must address these issues immediately. Labor is failing the people of South Australia on health across the board.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.