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Today, readers comment on doctors being directed to send patients home before they are clinically ready, a Government hotline to report unsatisfactory job seekers, and a celebrated actor’s final role.

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Commenting on the story: Doctors ordered to discharge patients from hospital before ready: union

My mother’s experience is that twice last year Flinders discharged her too early, with the result that she had to go back on each occasion and was readmitted both times.

It is obviously a false economy, costing more financially, creating more pressure on the system overall, and worst of all, greatly increased the trauma to an elderly sick person. It may be that the impact on her has been permanent. – Name supplied

Yes, I saw this myself. My 83-year-old mother had a fall in Sept 2020 and broke a hip. After two weeks, they wanted to move her to transition care. 

She has three stubborn daughters and we had to advocate for her stay longer. We won, but it was hard and it really made we feel sorry for elderly patients who don’t have the support mum did. – Ilda Simonetti 

Early discharges are notorious for patients having to return to hospital for further care and treatment.

They are also notorious for contributing to ambulance delays because of the added workload. – Kym Tank

This is a damning indictment of our hospital system. The information from the frontline tells it as it is – under-resourcing, inadequate staffing, difficult access, bed blockages and the sanctioning of clinical staff who attempt to expose the deficiencies in patient care.

The planning for the new WCH is particularly concerning. Our information, again from the frontline clinicians, is that it is too small, there are fewer actual beds (rather than ‘spaces’), the clinical services will be reduced, and the parking is yet to be resolved.

For from being ‘world class’ this expensive and ill-managed new facility for our women, children and babies will only ever be second class.

This Government (partially) expunged the disastrous Transforming Health plans but has failed in its promise to salvage and improve the health system.

No amount of sanitised rhetoric from Cabinet Ministers and SA Health spokespersons can hide the reality. Our hospitals need urgent attention. The Premier and his Government must now divert their main emphasis from their successful pandemic campaign and the vaccination rollout, and address the other very serious issues that affect the health of us all. – Professor Warren Jones, convenor WCH Alliance

Commenting on the story: JobSeeker ‘dob-in’ hotline just the latest tool to target unemployed

Here we go again. I‘m always amazed at the federal government stigmatising all unemployed in the same category.

For once in their lives they need to address the fact that there are many people who medically cannot work.

Just once I would like to see one person from the federal government try and live on unemployment for a month. They would fall to pieces within a few days. – Maree French

The government keeps going over the same ground, forever fidding with Centrelink laws.

It would be a joke if it was not so serious. I believe that they cause more problems than they fix. – Wayne Sculley

Commenting on the story: David Gulpilil’s final story

I wish I was in Adelaide to see this, but other commitments have me interstate currently.

I love this actor and his movies. He has brought so much to Australian screen. This is beautiful. I hope one day I get a chance to watch this. I remember his article where he said ‘Please remember me’. This certainly gives us all a chance to know more about him. – Jaye Lilley

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