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Minister for Health visits Millicent Hospital

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(Left to right): Brenton Dohnt (Presiding Member, Millicent and District Health Advisory Council Inc.), Mr Jack Snelling (Minister of Health) and Local MP Ros Brown (Executive Officer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery)

(Left to right): Brenton Dohnt (Presiding Member, Millicent and District Health Advisory Council Inc.), Mr Jack Snelling (Minister of Health) and Local MP Ros Brown (Executive Officer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery)

Minister for Health, Jack Snelling, visited Millicent Hospital as part of his South East trip yesterday (March 13).

He was in the region to open the redevelopment of the Mount Gambier hospital. The hospital redevelopment will bring great benefits to the Mount Gambier community, not only in terms of improved health services, but also for the State’s economy.

WattleRangeNow asked the minister if the reason for his visit was the on-going situation between Country Health SA and the Millicent Medical Clinic contract negotiations.

The Minister told WattleRangeNow that it was an opportunity to visit the Millicent Hospital while he was in the region.

Mr Snelling holds the office as Minister for Health and Aging, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister for Defense Industries and Minister for Veteran’s Affairs. He was first appointed to the Labor Ministry on March 25, 2010. His other portfolio responsibilities have included Treasury, Science and Information Economy and Road Safety.

Since taking over the Health portfolio, he announced that he will be cutting the Health budget because it’s growth has significantly outweighed revenue.  He told WattleRangeNow, that he will rein in the expenditure of the Health budget.

Mr Snelling said that he intended to target savings within the system and hoped to improve productivity as a priority to cut health spending.

WattleRangeNow asked the Minister if, according to a recent quote by the ABC, he would “become an axe-man” to meet a health savings of almost $1 billion over the next four years.

The Minister replied that he may be able to meet savings just by making the system work more efficiently, and it might not necessarily mean making any cuts at all. “It might mean productivity improvements that we can get in the workforce,” he said.

The Minister went on to say that “we can’t allow health to continue to consume a greater proportion of the budget and have to constantly cut back on other parts of government because health has to constantly expand.”

When asked if the current situation between the Country Health SA and the Millicent Medical Clinic was part of the expenditure cuts, and would it mean any loss of services at the hospital, the Minister had no official comment but said that there were “no plans” to make any great changes to Millicent Hospital services.

(Left to right): Jaynes Downs (Director of SE Health Services), Brenton Dohnt (Presiding Member, Millicent and District Health Advisory Council Inc.), and Local MP Ros Brown (Executuve Officer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery).

(Left to right): Jaynes Downs (Director of SE Health Services), Brenton Dohnt (Presiding Member, Millicent and District Health Advisory Council Inc.), and Local MP Ros Brown (Executuve Officer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery).

2 thoughts on “Minister for Health visits Millicent Hospital

  1. Believe only that Jack the Ripper is here to lower our standard of living through cuts to our health care services so his collegues can continue spraying money around in Adelaide to buy themselves another term in govt. All the talk about better health services through increases in productivity is pure bunkum and he knows it. It is simply not true. Our health service providers are stretched to the limit as evidenced by the various examples of Doctors leaving because of over work. All this ripper policy will do is burn out those who care and we will be let with those who don’t. Exciting future? Total disaster more like it and they will gloat over it and tell us how wonderfull a job they’re doing.
    CHSA = Calamity Health South Australia

  2. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-14/house-of-reps-passes-ndis-bill/4572824

    Meanwhile the federal govt provides billions to fund another pet rock, NDIS at our expense. Totally lost it.