Every South Australian deserves the best healthcare, no matter where they live.
Quality healthcare includes the best nurses and doctors, the best specialists and therapists, and a range of services that help save lives, like blood testing and medical imaging.
But that’s in jeopardy in South Australia.
The Marshall Liberal Government is defunding and privatising health care in South Australia.
They have cut millions from the health budget, defunded critical services like Shine SA, and now they plan to privatise SA Pathology and medical imaging.
Our members tell us privatisation will lead delays in diagnosis and treatment, poor health outcomes and more expensive testing. Ultimately, South Australians will stay sick for longer – and at a much greater cost.
We must fight to Stop the Cell-Off of our health care system. These services are central to giving patients diagnoses faster, so they can get the treatment they need sooner – helping save lives.
Health Cell-Offs and closures will directly impact our patients.
For example, closing our sleep lab at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will blow out our wait lists and put lives at risk.
Sleep labs are crucial to patients with serious health concerns, such as those who’ve suffered a stroke, and have a real risk of stopping breathing in their sleep. Experts have backed the sleep lab, yet the Government ignores them.
But that’s not all.
The Marshall Government have already cut funding to public pathology.
Pathology supports early diagnosis and treatment – which not only saves lives, but it saves money: 1 in 2 visits to the GP result in a pathology test, a simple blood test can diagnose a heart attack, keeping chest pains – which account for 10 per cent of emergency visits – out of hospital, helping save South Australians $167m every year.
These are only some of the changes that the Marshall Government are trying to implement.
They’ve already cut health funding and they’re considering major changes to our health system that will see the future of some of our health workers and medical scientists into question.
We can’t support the brain drain on our state. We need to fund our health services properly to attract and retain the quality medical workforce South Australians need and deserve.