Noarlunga Hospital plays an important role in delivering vital health care services to thousands of South Australians, particularly in an emergency.
That’s why we need to take a stand against the State Labor Government’s downgrading of its Emergency Department and other services.
Under ‘Transforming Health’, Noarlunga’s emergency department were downgraded to just 24 bays – the lowest capacity in metropolitan Adelaide and the hospital only received 40% of the funding promised at the last election.
In the 2017 Budget, every other metropolitan hospital got multi-million dollar commitments to new capital projects - Noarlunga did not get a cent.
Thousands of emergency patients from the Noarlunga Hospital are now being diverted to the overcrowded Emergency Department at the Flinders Medical Centre doubling the average travel time for Noarlunga patients.
Making patients travel longer distances to an already overstretched Emergency Department does not deliver better care.
With an estimated 40,000 new residents forecasted for southern Adelaide combined with Labor’s broken promise to never close the Repat Hospital, we need a strong Noarlunga Hospital.
No community should have to pay for Labor’s failure to manage the State’s finances with the devastating loss of emergency and other frontline services.