Information from Labor’s hospital dashboard system today revealed that Emergency Departments across Adelaide were heading towards dangerous levels of overcrowding.
For the majority of today, the Emergency Departments at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Modbury Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital were all over capacity.
As at 2:00 this afternoon, the average waiting time to be seen at Modbury Hospital was 88 minutes and at the LMH it was 87 minutes, as shown below. (see image)
“It is extremely concerning to see that our hospitals are already under this kind of pressure, before New Year’s Eve and before hot weather hits Adelaide later this week,” said Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas.
“Residents in the northern suburbs are already dealing with the closure of the paediatric ward at Modbury Hospital.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has mismanaged our public health system for so long that we find ourselves facing a dangerous situation.
“Ramping at our hospitals, particularly at Flinders Medical Centre, continues to be a frequent occurrence.
“However sadly for South Australians, the Weatherill Labor Government is out of touch on this critical issue as it continues to deny there is a ramping problem at the Flinders Medical Centre.
“After almost 12 years, the Weatherill Labor Government simply cannot be trusted to manage South Australia’s health system.
“South Australians deserve a Government with better priorities to put our State back on track.”