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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Modbury Hospital paediatric ward closure:

Premier Weatherill and Health Minister Snelling have broken another key Labor promise by closing the paediatric ward and services at Modbury Hospital. As recently as February this year, Minister Snelling had been promising families in the north eastern suburbs a ‘paediatric ward’ and ongoing paediatric services: “The secure paediatric ward will allow for any children…

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Patients suffer due to financial mismanagement

Minister Snelling stands condemned for wasting $40 million on an IT project blowout at a time when hospitals cannot meet the demand for emergency treatment for patients. Minister Snelling apologised today for the latest example of ‘queuing’ or ‘ramping’ in hospitals when he apologised for queuing in the corridors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on…

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Supply Bill

SUPPLY BILL 2013 Adjourned debate on second reading. (Continued from 4 June 2013.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:21): It is opportune that we get the opportunity to speak to the Supply Bill debate on a day of infamy, I suppose, for the state with the latest series of broken promises and rank financial mismanagement by…

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Ministerial Staff

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (15:37): I want to address the stench that attracts to the carcass of the current Labor government and the many reasons I believe for the government’s problems. The first I want to address is the quality of advice it receives from the ministerial staff within its offices. Sadly, what we see…

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Adelaide Workers’ Homes Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. (Continued from 30 April 2013.) The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (17:00): I rise to support the second reading of the Adelaide Workers’ Homes Bill. Again, this is a relatively simple bill that seeks to establish a new constitution for the organisation. It seeks to change the name of the organisation from…

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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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