ADELAIDE | The number of patients overdue for elective surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital has more than tripled over the past two years, InDaily can reveal.
An SA Health summary of overdue elective surgeries obtained by InDaily shows that 162 patients were overdue for elective surgery at the hospital last month.
Of those patients, 35 were overdue for the most urgent ‘category one’ surgeries – those that must be performed within 30 days.
By comparison, less than 30 patients in total were overdue for elective surgery in April 2013 at the RAH, according to the document.
Patients overdue for elective surgery peaked at nearly 250 in January this year. That is more than six times the number overdue in January 2013.
Adelaide | Organisers of the ongoing sit-in on the front steps of Parliament House have described the Speaker’s accusations of public urination as “tommy-rot and claptrap”, but concede members of outlaw motorcycle clubs have supported the protest.
The demonstration was organised by former military medic Augustinus Krikke to oppose the Government’s planned closure of the Repatriation General Hospital, with the facilities to be turned over to the private sector for health and public housing projects.
A vocal band of protestors have camped out on parliament’s doorstep for the past 51 days, racking up a claimed 82,000 signatures in support.
But Speaker Mick Atkinson, who initially granted them permission to sleep beneath the cloisters, says his patience is being tested by frequent li Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Pay a moment to a genuine wine taster’s dilemma.
We have a lot of discussion about the ethics of tasting wines unmasked and whether such products can be professionally and fairly appraised by a taster who knows their identity.
Those who insist all wine should be evaluated blind seem to expect that even a wine judge worth their salt can get right down to describing the size of the tannin in the tail of a drink without once suspecting what it was or who made it. That’s like taking all the badges off, say, a new Jaguar before delivering it to the motoring writer who’s then expected to drive it around for a week and appraise it without once suspecting it’s a Jaguar.
But as if to test my theory to the limit, here I have a bottle of red wine with no Full Story »
ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL | Cabaret singer Ray Jessel was in his 70s before he began performing, but the man dubbed the “witty, wayward octogenarian” is now recognised all over America thanks to an appearance last year on a TV talent show.
His chosen song for America’s Got Talent was a cheeky original number called “What She’s Got” – now more widely known as “The Penis Song”.
“It was amazing just how wonderful a reaction it got from the audience and judges,” Jessel, who is heading to Adelaide for next month’s Cabaret Festival, tells InDaily.
“And the really amazing thing for me was how many hits there were on YouTube and Facebook for the clip.”
The YouTube video – which shows Jessel chatting with the talent show judges and fumbling with the mic before launchi Full Story »