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Today, readers comment on a failing mental health system and its impact on public hospitals, COVID cases and open borders, jobs, electric vehicles and Whyalla.

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Commenting on the story: Hospital patients under guard as govt misses key mental health target

When is Wade going to realise the mental health system in Adelaide is hopeless. – Victoria Larritt

This situation is mirrored in Queensland Health. The lack of adult acute beds in general and step down facilities for forensic patients lead to a bed blocking that prevents people who need and should be in hospital from being admitted, but also as pressure mounts, patients who require longer admissions are discharged too early.

The shorter length of stay for adult acute patients in an unsuitable mix of patient type makes the Inpatient Units counter-therapeutic places. It is a system in crisis and about which I have complained about and have made several suggestions for better management. Sadly all to no avail.

I sincerely hope that your message is heard and acted on, John. Respect to you. – Stephen Niemiec

Commenting on the story: SafeWork SOS: Inquiry call over RAH emergency department

I don’t suppose this has anything to do with building a hospital smaller than the one it replaced, and closing mental health facilities over the last 25 years or more.

It’s all very nice to do this but there has to be something else to help these people fit into society. 

I also find it strange that these complaints haven’t been brought up much over the last 20 years even though it has been a problem for that long. Or is it only a problem now because there is a Liberal Government coming up for election in less than 12 months, so now the ambulance union, nurses union and the doctors union all of a sudden need to make a lot of noise, even though they were pretty quiet when Labor was in power for 16 of the last 20 years. – Lennard Solly

Commenting on the story: COVID cases will skyrocket with international travel:PM 

Time to focus on some unpleasant realities. COVID vaccine manufacturers are unanimous in their statements that a vaccine will not prevent transmission or infection but rather merely lessen the effects.

As the UK prepares for a third post vaccination wave and upwards of a further 50,000 deaths, a lucid public debate about long term border closures as the most effective of health protection measures comparable to the subsequent risks is long overdue. – Steve Netherby

Commenting on the story: SA’s unemployment rate remains the worst in Australia

I reside in a nursing home here in Adelaide. We are constantly short-staffed, and it seems mystifying to us why it is so hard to find staff.

Is it just a wage issue, difficult hours, or not enough trained people? Or are people not interested in this kind of work? – Philippa King

Commenting on the opinion piece: Electric vehicle tax leaves SA stalled at innovation gate 

Following Jill Whittaker’s comment on charging EV users for road use (Your views, Thursday April 15)  I agree with the sentiment, but not with her conclusion.

I believe government support or incentives shouldn’t go to the wealthy privilege few that can afford EVs. They’re the ones least likely to miss couple of hundred dollars a year. But focus in getting EVs to the masses. Reduce purchase costs/tax, introduce incentives, offer low interest loans and so on.

I don’t own an EV car, not because I can’t afford road use charges. It’s because they’re currently more expensive to drive away. Until that gap reduces we won’t get the uptake we want.

Separate point; what am I missing? How do investors justify building more and more petrol stations. What do they know? Surely their life cost analysis must be challenged. – Alan Chalmers

Commenting on the opinion piece: Whyalla needs vision to look beyond steelworks horizon

Loved the article. Thought-provoking and full of hope, as long as our city council heeds the advice. We’ve stagnated long enough, almost entirely dependent on the one industry, when there is enormous potential for so much more. – Anna Jakszewicz

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