Critical question unanswered in BreastScreen Report

A critical question about whether ‘training was effective and relevant’ has been left unanswered in the BreastScreen report, Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas said today. Associate Professor Warwick Lee’s report, released yesterday, on page 6 concluded: “The PACS audit did not find a conclusive factor that led to lower cancer detection rates. A definitive judgement…

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Shared Services shambles

Evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee has confirmed the Shared Services SA (SSSA) project is in shambles. Government Services Group Executive Director Chris Oerman confirmed yesterday that not one Government department or agency had taken up the option of allowing SSSA to manage their ICT functions on their behalf. The original plan…

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ED ramping concerns at NRAH

Shadow Minister for Health Rob Lucas said today doctors held ‘grave concerns’ that ramping problems experienced at the FMC would be replicated at the NRAH. SA Health sources have confirmed that the Weatherill Labor Government has adopted exactly the same design for the Emergency Department at the NRAH as already exists at the FMC. The…

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Snelling must resolve South Coast doctor crisis

Premier Weatherill must ensure that Health Minister Jack Snelling stops procrastinating and resolves the rapidly escalating South Coast Doctor crisis. More than 30 doctors that provide after hour care at the South Coast District Hospital at Victor Harbor and other medical services have quit because of funding disagreements with Country Health SA. These resignations will…

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Snelling should ‘back off’ to prevent escalation of ramping dispute

Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas said today Health Minister Snelling had to ‘back off’ and ensure government-employed media officers did not provoke industrial action by ambulance officers. Yesterday a government-employed media officer from Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) clashed verbally with a TV cameraman and ambulance officers as the Weatherill Labor Government sought to prevent filming…

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Chaos and attempted cover-ups at FMC

The Weatherill Labor Government is so embarrassed about its failure to control ramping at Flinders Medical Centre it is attempting to restrict media coverage. The Ambulance Employees’ Association has revealed that security has erected barriers to prevent media photographing or filming the ramped ambulances. Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas said today’s events were further evidence…

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PATS review – more political ‘bulldust’!

Just one day after Premier Weatherill promised no more ‘political bulldust,’ Minister Snelling has just dumped a truckload of it on long suffering rural South Australians. Earlier this week, Minister Snelling finally relented after a long campaign by rural South Australians and the State Liberals and announced a review of the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme…

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Weatherill over spruiks “bulldust” claim

Premier Weatherill on 8 November 2011 claimed that standards of civility and debate had to increase on his watch. Of course, Mr Weatherill made these hollow claims having spent – to that point – 10 years at Labor’s Cabinet table. Some of Mr Weatherill’s hollow rhetoric from 8 November 2011 includes the following: “…civility in…

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Newstart Debate

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:35): Having listened to the contribution made by the Hon. Mr Kandelaars, I can only comment: how the mighty have fallen in relation to the old Labor lefties who were there from years ago, pledging to support the impoverished and single parent families. The old Labor lefties, like the Hon. Mr…

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