As the state’s biggest regional area with a continually aging population, improved health care on the Fleurieu was on the top of many residents’ list of priorities.
Too many are forced to travel to Adelaide for the support they need. Before the district heads to the polls on March 17, The Times quizzed Australian Conservatives’ candidate Bruce Hicks about how he would would fight for increasing health services in the region.
Mr Hicks said the party was concerned about the neglect faced by regional and rural hospitals.
He said the government must focus on expanding the emergency department at the SCDH, which is struggling to cope even with the current population.
“We need to address the backlog of maintenance and repairs in our hospital and put health decisions back into the hands of the community so that funding is spent where it is needed and work is done to attract the right medical services,” he said.
He said the Australian Conservatives would call for an immediate commitment of $50 million to address the urgent backlog of maintenance at country hospitals within two years and further commit $70 million to the balance of work to be completed within four years.
“This is one way of attracting the right specialists to the area which would help our growing population as well as our ageing population,” he said.