The State opposition has demanded the State Government urgently address staffing shortages at Waikerie Hospital.
Earlier this week the local Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network announced birthing services at Waikerie Health Service would be suspended until March, due to an “unplanned shortage” of nursing and midwifery staff.
It’s understood 5 births were planned at the hospital over the next 6 weeks, with the local health network now providing assistance to arrange alternative arrangements.
Shadow Minister for Regional Development Clare Scriven yesterday said to cite a staffing shortage as the reason for this closure is just not good enough.
Local Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone made comment, saying skilled staff shortages had been an ongoing issue across regional health in SA and he would take this issue to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Education and look at opportunities for people looking for careers in country health in the regions.”
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