State Government bail out of Keith and District Hospital welcomed - but more needs to be done: Centre Alliance

30 April 2019

The South Australian Government’s $70,000 funding commitment to keep Keith and District Hospital’s doors open in the short term is welcomed – but more needs to be done to ensure its long-term future, Centre Alliance warned today.

Centre Alliance candidate for Barker, Kelly Gladigau, said today she was delighted “common sense” has prevailed and that the SA Government has agreed to match Tatiara Council’s $70,000 contribution for the hospital.

Kelly said the $140,000 total will be enough to keep the hospital operating until a feasibility study on its future is completed – which is expected before 30 June 2019.

“I am delighted the State Government has agreed to partner with the local council to provide funding that guarantees the Keith and District Hospital’s short-term future – but so much more needs to be done,” Kelly said.

“Having a young family that lives in the region, and also being a registered nurse, I have always been a strong advocate for the Keith Hospital and having a well-resourced regional health system,” she said.

“A well-managed and well-funded regional hospital is crucial in any community. Its impacts are felt throughout the region.

“But typically, because this in an issue impacting regional SA – in a Federal seat currently held by a Liberal MP in a Liberal Government who hasn’t made a whimper about it – it has been a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

“A cynic might question why the State Government’s funding commitment has been made in the middle of a Federal election, but I am just thankful the hospital’s short-term future has been ensured.

“The next major hurdle that needs to be cleared is securing further money to guarantee the hospital’s viability for the long term.

“If I am able the win the seat over Liberal MP Tony Pasin at next month’s Federal election, securing the long-term future of the hospital will be one of my paramount priorities, along with my fellow Centre Alliance colleagues in the Federal Senate as well as my SA-BEST colleagues in State Parliament.

“A vote for Centre Alliance is a vote for the best interests of all South Australians – not like our competitors who are forced to bow to their eastern states powerbrokers.”

More parliamentary scrutiny needed on TEO Bill
19 July 2019
Centre Alliance has called for further parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s latest counter-terrorism legislation, the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019, and for the Government...
Read More
APRA Chairman must resign
17 July 2019
In light of the findings of both the Royal Commissioner and the APRA Capability Review, Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick has called on the Chair...
Read More
Federal Government must act on Four Corners 'cash splash' exposé
8 July 2019
Shocking revelations on tonight's ABC Four Corners program about money from the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan being handed to irrigators to expand their operations...
Read More
Independent body must set deeming rate: Centre Alliance
5 July 2019
Centre Alliance Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie, has called on the Federal Government to set up an independent agency to set the deeming rate used...
Read More
Authorised by R. Patrick Level 1, 169 Unley Rd, UNLEY SA 5061