An election announcement by Jay Weatherill that South Australian country hospitals and aged care facilities will receive $140 million over 10 years to upgrade infrastructure has been met with scepticism by Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire.
“While Australian Conservatives welcome the Labor Government finally committing money to country health - after we have been calling for this for years - it does not go far enough and does not really address many of the issues that have grown out of years of neglect,” Mr Brokenshire told Mount Gambier’s Border Watch newspaper.
Mr Brokenshire described Labor’s announcement as merely ‘smoke and mirrors’ saying, “Australian Conservatives are calling on the government to inject at least another $50 million into country hospitals just to deal with the backlog of maintenance.”
He said, “This is just a fraction of the cost of the new O-Bahn tunnel and less than two months’ lease payments on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.”
“The Labor government has a history of ignoring important maintenance needs in country hospitals and then using that failing infrastructure as an excuse to cut services. Just look at Keith and Renmark as two prime examples.” Mr Brokenshire said.