In response to the recent announcement by SA Health that general, gynaecological and urological surgeries are to cease at Yorketown Hospital, I have organised a public meeting for Thursday 20th April, 7.30 pm, at Yorketown Town Hall.
Confirmed speakers are Yorketown's Dr George Kokar, Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.
I have issued invitations to Minister for Health the Hon. Jack Snelling, SA Health representatives, and the Minister for Regional Development the Hon. Geoff Brock.
People don't just want platitudes they want outcomes, and the southern Yorke Peninsula community needs its hospital to continue to provide its existing range of services.
On 16 March I wrote to Minister Snelling requesting a six-month stay on the decision to transfer the theatre services to Wallaroo Hospital (to take effect from 1 April) but I am yet to receive a response.
I also still await a response to my contact with the Minister's office on 24 February requesting a briefing on the decision to cease the estimated 60 annual surgery procedures at Yorketown Hospital, and on information relating to the policy requirement that a Regional Impact Assessment Statement is undertaken to measure impact prior to such decisions being made.
We all clearly remember June 2008 when 700 people packed the Yorketown hall to fight the Country Health Plan. With great frustration, the fight to retain services in rural hospitals appears on again - and I expect the hall will again be filled to the brim for the 20th April 2017 meeting.