Health services inquiry

On 13/07/2018 by admin

HEALTH: The LCLGA in collaboration with the Tatiara District Council has made the submission in response to a SA Parliamentary inquiry into regional health services.
Nanjing Night Net

Councils in theLimestone Coast have put forward a united stance on the future of heath services in the region.

The Limestone Coast Local Government Association made the submissionin response to an SA Parliamentary inquiry introduced in May byMember for StuartDan van Holst Pellekaan.

Theinquiry,assessingthe state government’sdelivery ofhealth services in the regions,gave localsthe opportunity to submit feedback until June 24.

TheLCLGA reportincluded feedback on theHealth Advisory Councils, theSA Ambulance Service, the scope ofpractice ofgeneral practitionersto country hospitals andmental health services in the SE.

Each council had the opportunity to present what was important to their region to be included in the report.

Tatiara District Councilmanager corporate and community servicesKingsley Green emphasised the importance ofBordertown Memorial Hospital and Keith and District Hospital.

“The paper provides a sound basis and positioning for highlighting and emphasising the region’s concerns about the current and future delivery of health services,” he said.

“As the report reveals, it is not an exaggeration to say that real progress needs to be made in developing a better and more sustainable model or framework for delivering regional health services.

“Due to the tyranny of distance and (the Tatiara’s)remoteness to other critical emergency medical services, there needs to be a greater emphasis on the need for accessible and responsive life saving services and services that address community well-being.”

LCLGA president Erika Vickery said: “One of the most significant issues to be raised was the large number of rural people that are seeking assistance in metropolitan hospitals due to a variety of services not being able to be delivered regionally.

“Health and well-being is essential to the continued success and growth of regional andruralSA and we urge the government of the day to assess our needs from a social perspective.”

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