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Stephan Knoll disappointed with health reform

Stephan Knoll disappointed with health reform

Plans to transform the State’s health system have come under fire by Member for Schubert, Mr Stephan Knoll who is disappointed there is no mention of a Barossa Health Facility.

The State Government last week released a paper, transforming health reform, which among other proposals will result in the Lyell McEwin Hospital becoming one of three major sites for medical emergencies.

Mr Knoll said transforming health has been a wasted opportunity for improved rural health care and the Barossa’s ageing health facilities need to be combined into one facility, especially after discussing the issues in the Barossa area with health minister, Mr Jack Snelling.

“Apart from some consultation there is no section that deals with rural and regional health care,” said Mr Knoll.

“With the changes to the emergency departments in Adelaide, especially The Lyell McEwin Hospital, there could be poorer outcomes for Barossa and Muraylands residents.”

As part of the proposal, the Government seeks to move rehabilitation services from the Repatriation General Hospital, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and St Margaret’s Rehabilitation Hospital into major hospitals, citing the facilities are ageing.