Prepared by S Lowe 5 THE FM/wattlerangenow.com.au
Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams MP addressed State Parliament today about the loss of hospital services in his hometown of Millicent and right across his electorate. Country Health SA advised the public this month that obstetric services would no longer be available from the Millicent Hospital. All women in labour, from as far away as Kingston, Robe, Beachport, Southend, Penola, Furner, Millicent and the whole Wattle Range District will need to travel to Mt Gambier to deliver their babies.
A Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday 31st July at 7 pm, at the Civic and Arts Centre Millicent. The meeting will give the community a chance to hear how many services have been lost and why. Invited guests will address the meeting and there will be time for questions and suggestions from the audience.
The meeting is aimed at - ‘Saving our hospital services’. Obstetrics is the latest hospital service to be cut from Millicent and there will be a focus on saving this before it is too late. Other services also lost are dialysis, chemo, gastroenterology, physio, reduced nursing staff, reduced midwives and reduced funding for mental health.
Mayor Peter Gandolfi Wattle Range Council has invited Mr Jack Snelling Health Minister, Mr Rob Lucas Shadow Minister for Health, representatives from CHSA and Australian Nurses Federation to attend and address the meeting. People from across the Wattle Range Region and further afield are expected to attend. Mr Gandolfi will chair the meeting.
Posters and Petitions can be collected from local community radio station 5THE FM 31 Railway Tce Millicent. The radio station is also the delivery point for all petitions. These will be tabled in Parliament. For further information please call 8733 4077 0r 0400 290 664.
Mr Williams address to Parliament was provided to WattleRangeNow this afternoon and follows in full.
Mr WILLIAMS (MacKillop) (15:38):