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Lyell Mac's ED change
THE Lyell McEwin Hospital
will become one of three metro-
politan emergency departments
across Adelaide under a State
Government health proposal.
On the weekend, Health Min-
ister Jack Snelling announced the
consolidation of three major hospi-
tals, the new Royal Adelaide, Lyell
McEwin and Flinders, to become
"super emergency departments",
under the Transforming Health Re-
Accordingly, the remaining three
metropolitan emergency depart-
ments at Modbury, Noarlunga and
The Queen Elizabeth will have
scaled-back services to deal with
such as broken bones.
Mr Snelling said it is not clinically
safe to offer every single service at
each emergency department across
the state, or even across metropoli-
"We need to make sure that at least
some of our emergency departments
have the services and the highly
skilled clinicians around the clock
to deal with different presentations
and we are looking at bolstering the
resources in some of our emergency
departments to make that happen,"
However, The Bunyip understands
no additional funding or expansions
will be provided to cope with the
"I know there will be a lot of spec-
ulation about what the changes may
look like and how we are to carry
out the final proposals, but I am
continuing to meet with clinicians
to discuss options and what will be
best for patient care into the future,"
"I will be releasing a consultation
paper in the coming weeks that out-
lines the proposals being considered
by the government.
"No decisions have been made as
yet, and final decisions will be made
only after consultation on the paper
With reference to the Na-
tional Health Authorities Data,
Opposition Health Minister Ste-
phen Wade expects the workload at
the Lyell McEwin to increase by 57
per cent if the proposal is approved.
"In 2012/13 Lyell McEwin had
62,659 emergency presentations,
so the hospital was already stressed
and yet the government is expect-
ing them to deal with an expected
50 per cent increase in case load,"
Mr Wade said this latest proposal
from the State Government is about
cuts and not care and questions
whether mega departments are a
"Nowhere in Australia has emer-
gency departments as big as the
three emergency departments that
the Weatherill Government is pro-
posing," he said.
"The Liberal Party does not sup-
port the closure of three emergency
departments in Adelaide because the
system is already in crisis."
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty
said the Lyell McEwin Hospital has
an "overstretched" emergency de-
partment with long waiting times
and ramping issues.
"I would hope that if other emer-
gency departments in the northern
suburbs are closed that the Lyell
McEwin receives appropriate fund-
ing for facilities and staffing," he
"I just want the best health out-
comes for our community."
THE health of northern residents
will suffer if patients are forced to pay
out-of-pocket expenses to see a doctor, a
local GP has warned.
Craigmore Family Practice doctor
Vikas Jasoria said many local residents in
the northern region were struggling to get
by and another cost for them would be a
further barrier to health care.
"As it stands, people don't get their medi-
cines from the chemist when we ask them
to because they have to pay for them," he
"We should be investing more in primary
health care, in particular in regions where
people can't afford to go to the doctor, not
He said following the announcement of
a $7 GP co-payment last year, the practice
saw a 20 per cent drop in patients within
"If we start putting a big price on it...
we're going to have health outcomes worsen
and when health outcomes worsen, people
will get sicker," he said.
The Federal Government last week aban-
doned its $20 rebate cut on shorter GP vis-
its, just days before it was due to come into
effect, but new Health Minister Sussan Ley
announced Medicare reforms were not off
Ms Ley is expected to undertake consul-
tation with doctors across the country to
determine options for the reforms, which
will likely include "a price signal of a mod-
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for
Health Nick Champion said Labor would
continue to fight "anything that under-
mines the universality of Medicare".
He said a co-payment would not yield
"The average stay in the hospital is
$5000, here we're talking about $35,"
"It's cheaper for someone to get the
treatment early and prevent a more se-
South Australian Liberal Senator
Sean Edwards said the current health
system had inefficiencies, which
would be addressed by the new
Health Minister through reforms.
"(The Australian Medical Associa-
tion) agree that there are some ineffi-
ciencies in the system and they are go-
ing to work with the Health Minister on
finding those," he said.
However, Mr Edwards disputed warn-
ings of health suffering in low socio-
"If you're sick, you will find a way not to
have a $5 cappuccino at the shopping cen-
tre," he said.
"You will find a way to see the doctor."
RIGHT: Craigmore Family Practice doctor
Vikas Jasoria says an imposed out-of-pocket
fee to see a doctor will hurt the health of
northern residents. PHOTO: Natalie Vikhrov
GP's health warning
HAMLEY Bridge-based MSR Transport
Operations has been charged with 18
counts of severe risk breaches of mass af-
ter the Elizabeth Magistrates Court heard
the company repeatedly overloaded a B-
double heavy vehicle during the 2011/12
The truck, used to transport grain, was per-
mitted to carry 42.5 tonnes, but a transport
department audit showed the company repeat-
edly overloaded the vehicle with up to 62.5
The company lost accreditation that allowed
the truck to take on heavy loads in 2011.
The court imposed a $100,000 fine for the
breaches and the company has 21 days to ap-
peal the court decision.
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