Snelling backflips on Keith Hospital funding

In an extraordinary backflip, Health Minister Snelling is now offering Keith Hospital total grant funding of $1 million per year just three years after the Labor Government decided to cut funding by $370,000 per year. Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas said the Labor Government’s handling of Keith Hospital’s funding had been an unmitigated disaster. “The…

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NRAH is a ‘Fiscal Vacuum Cleaner’

Shadow Minister for Health Rob Lucas said today that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) was like a ‘fiscal vacuum cleaner’, sucking virtually every last dollar out of the health budget to the detriment of other projects. “It is already apparent that the $400 million a year from 2016 just for the non-clinical costs of…

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Another Health Financial Scandal Brewing

Shadow Minister for Health, Rob Lucas, said today that another major financial scandal was brewing in SA Health over the $400 million plus EPAS (Enterprise Patient Administration System) IT project. It is now clear Minister Snelling is desperate to keep a ‘lid on’ this looming scandal until after the March 2014 election. Mr Snelling was…

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Weatherill to cut nursing jobs

The Weatherill Labor Government’s budget cuts have now extended to cutting nursing jobs. “This is yet another broken promise by Mr Weatherill, who has always said he would not cut ‘front line’ positions such as nurses, doctors, teachers and police,” said Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas. “Information originally provided by a source within SA Health…

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Major problems emerging with new RAH project

The appointment of high priced consultants Bespoke Approach by the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) consortium is a clear indication there are major problems with the project. Companies don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on expensive troubleshooters part way through a major project unless they have grave concerns about the project. Information provided to…

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Labor division and disunity continues

Labor division and disunity has continued under Premier Weatherill’s watch, this time over the issue of same-sex marriage. Bitter divisions have been revealed today as senior Labor MPs are unhappy about Mr Weatherill pushing to legislate for same-sex marriage in South Australia, because it is a Federal issue. These Labor MPs are openly telling journalists…

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (GAMBLING REFORM) BILL

Adjourned debate on second reading. (Continued from 4 June 2013.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (16:06): I rise to speak on behalf of Liberal members to the second reading of this most important bill. At the outset, I congratulate my colleague in another place, the member for Davenport, on his extraordinarily meticulous handling thus far of…

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Weatherill now features Labor Party attack ad on internal Department website

Premier Weatherill has continued to use his internal department website to mount partisan political attacks on Liberal Leader Steven Marshall today. “The Liberal Party has been contacted again today by public servants in the Premier’s own department expressing great concern at the Premier’s outrageous use of taxpayer-funded resources,” said Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas. Today…

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