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Today, readers comment on the seemingly accepted practice of ambulance patients and crews waiting outside hospitals for hours, a Fringe venue return and jobless payments.

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Commenting on the story: “Groundhog Day”: Ambos demand Govt act on endless cycles of ramping

This is an absolute disgrace. That the health minister claims issues of ramping are currently being addressed, is a farce.

Clearly 24 ambulances waiting in line while the patients in these vehicles are suffering in pain or duress is unacceptable. – Sascha Frost

I would ask general secretary (AEA) Phil Palmer is this the same Health Minister now accused of “abandoning” paramedics who only recently was given an 8.5 /10 performance score in his portfolio?

I would also ask if the purported additional 187 full time equivalent staff and the additional 46 new vehicles allegedly afforded to the SA Ambulance Service are as elusive to find as the 150 additional full-time equivalent staff and the additional $65m in funding to maintain the current Women’s and Children’s Hospital as claimed by the same Minister of Health? – Professor John Svigos

Like waiting lists that never change, this issue needs to be looked at as to where the blockages are.

If ambulances are ramped that says they can not offload, which says there is some sort of blockage in the system, either due to an inefficient hospital, poor management, too few beds, too few staff, inefficient work practices or perhaps a combination of all of the above.

Having experienced the “joy” of waiting in a large public hospital Emergency Room/ward and observing what goes on, I can only say inefficiency is a word that best describes what I saw. – Grant Petras

Ambulance ramping seems to be intractable. Nothing this, or the previous, Government has done has made any difference. The problem persists as a manifestation of our overstretched hospital system.  

We are subjected to a steady stream of sanitised euphemisms from SA Health and the Health Minister describing efforts to improve matters. The increasing promotion of community-based health care is laudable in theory, but in practice, fails to put a dent in the basic problem.   

The much touted, and expensive, Priority Care Centres are no solution, and along with other community programs, are just fiddling around the edges in addressing the real and persistent issues in our public hospitals.

A new dimension in Ministerial responsibility, governance, administration and support is needed to halt and reverse the decline in hospital-based services. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Extended hours for RCC’s return to Victoria Square

I live 350 metres from Vic square/ Tartanyangga and was so happy when the Croquet Club moved.

My wife works and goes to bed before the nightly curfews, even with double-glazed bedroom windows the sound regularly exceeded approved levels. On Mondays I would complain to council and they would say I was the only complaint.

As residents we pay rates, take pride in our community, have our lives and go to work. As ratepayers why should not have to lose sleep and an asset (the square) so a third party can make a profit at the cost of local business. – David Beattie

Commenting on the story: No happy new year for JobKeeper, JobSeeker recipients

This is absolutely disgusting. Fat cats in the government live the high life and I can’t even get enough a fortnight to cover rent, let alone food. – Natalie Grindal

We were told from the start it was temporary. – Colin Coulstock

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