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Today, readers comment on paramedics being warned to stay silent about ramping outside public hospitals, and more.

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Commenting on the story: ‘Implied’ ICAC threat as paramedics speak out over hospital ramping

What is the point of having more ambulances on the road if you haven’t got the beds in hospitals to cover the influx?

Surely if your have more ambulances, the ramping will get worse if you can’t unload the patient into a bed or the ED at a hospital. Blind Freddy could see this coming with the new RAH having less capacity than the old.

Typical stop-gap political decisions for years from both parties. – Brian Davey

The overstretched ambulance service has now been a political football for five years.

It first arose during the upheavals in the hospital system surrounding the ill-fated Transforming Health agenda of the previous Labor Government. It has continued unabated despite endless Government rhetoric and forums purporting to examine and solve issues such a ramping and the dysfunctional response system.

The time is now for effective action by the Health Minister.

The second issue bears on the the track record of SA Health and other administrative components of the health system in stifling dissent and sanctioning and threatening health professionals who expose failings which threaten patient care.

This distasteful process was recently applied to members of the staff of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital who drew public attention to serious problems within that institution.

This practice must be stopped and replaced by effective action to solve the problems, rather than trying to discredit the whistleblowers. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Govt defends ‘miserable’ $3.57 a day JobSeeker rise

It’s all very well there is some criticism about the JobSeeker payment rise. My concern is when will the Age Pension receive an increase?

All those on The Age Pension have not seen an increase for coming up to five years. Fair is fair, we have to battle price rises for the staples such as bread, milk, meat, vegetables and other groceries like job seekers.

However, there is one big difference; job seekers are able to get a job with higher remuneration, whereas age pensioners cannot!

To all governments and political parties, rethink your draconian attitude to Age Pension recipients – please. – David Treharne

Commenting on the story: Libs ‘some way off’ addressing cultural problems, Birmingham told ex-staffer

Sadly, political pointscoring and nitpicking obscure the serious consequences of  allegations of rape, sexual abuse and misogyny in politics: state and federal.

Stop the political argy bargy. Deal with the problem. Do not expect any political insider like Simon Birmingham to deliver an independent review. Contradiction in terms.

Instead, appoint the qualified and experienced Sex Discrimination Commissioner to review the workplace. Time to stop demonising and scoring points and fix the problem. If, of course, the boys’ club in politics care. – Colin MacDougall

 Commenting on the story: Dance ban lifts, Victorian border restrictions to end

SA’s ability to again lift the travel restrictions from Victoria is a sign of just how well we have managed COVID-19 in Australia. 

I congratulate the thousands of health bureaucrats, frontline medical staff, police forces, Border Force, ADF and the others that have achieved this. It is a credit to our society and leaders and needs to be kept in perspective when we hear the occasional criticism over the small issues that have emerged. – Doug Gillott

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