THE STATE

The Advertiser - - NEWS - DANIEL WILLS

SOUTH Aus­tralia’s sick health sys­tem is about to get a dose of bit­ter medicine, and the new State Gov­ern­ment one of its big­gest po­lit­i­cal tests, as the hos­pi­tal net­work braces for re­lease of a di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment plan drawn up by an au­dit com­pany best known for tak­ing on busi­nesses fac­ing col­lapse.

A sim­ple change of min­is­ter has alone not been enough to re­turn the health sys­tem to good work­ing or­der, as the symp­toms of dys­func­tion re­mained on pub­lic show this week.

Am­bu­lance ramp­ing ap­pears worse than ever, as paramedics take mod­est protest ac­tion by scrawl­ing mes­sages on their ve­hi­cles and emer­gency de­part­ments and wards are stacked to burst­ing point with pa­tients.

Unions and pro­fes­sional groups con­tinue to warn of bed short­ages in crit­i­cal ar­eas in­clud­ing men­tal health, and seem­ingly sim­ple tech­nol­ogy like duress alarms can’t be made to work.

The com­mu­nity has shown pa­tience with Health and Well­be­ing Min­is­ter Stephen Wade. The re­jec­tion of the for­mer La­bor gov­ern­ment at the bal­lot box in March was sig­nif­i­cantly due to a

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