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