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Your views: on euthanasia bill, QR codes and hospitals

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Today, readers comment on assisted dying legislation, COVID measures and a health system under pressure.

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Commenting on the story: Euthanasia bill passes another hurdle in Parliament

It is about time this bill is passed. I have witnessed the cruellest and most painful situation with my husband and other family members.

It could have been a loving, more peaceful death, instead of the whole family traumatised by witnessing pain that could not be controlled with drugs, even the doctors admitted that it can happen in certain cases.

We all knew the eventual outcome but he just had to suffer many months until he finally died. We knew it was terminal and he would loved to have said his goodbyes and gone in a more peaceful way instead of putting us all through this distress and trauma and not even able to make it there when he finally passed.

How cruel is that,I would never treat an animal in that way. It is time to give the patient the choice. It is their life and doesn’t mean others have to choose that, but don’t force us all into the same way of thinking. Get with the 21st century and have some humility.

These memories will go to the grave with me and it terrifies me how we treat end of life patients. There is no dignity and I don’t know what we have to gain to witness such torture. – Susan Woodroofe

Commenting on the story: Hospitality cap remains but QR code use under spotlight

At (my local) shops, I calculate 90% of people that go into the smaller shops don’t check in, and about 50% at Coles.

Last night l went to Foodland, and while l was there I was the only one that I saw check in. – Dale Eustice

Shouldn’t the Adelaide Oval capacity be reviewed now, or does AFL membership endow immunity? – George Hobbs

Trains to and from the footy are packed. No masks. – Andrew Brentson

It is patently obvious that QR code adherence has become very lax as there is no one watching who does and who doesn’t scan, let alone go to a service desk and write!

People see others not penalised so become lazy and non-conforming. – Lynette Schulze

Commenting on the story: 10-year-old in ‘life-threatening’ emergency waited 23 minutes for ambulance

This is lack of resourcing is being seen at hospitals throughout the country and is especially concerning during this pandemic period when hospitals and health services should be at a higher level of preparedness.  

We now have at least two reports of children nearly losing their lives, one with an appendix rupture and one with a 20 minute ambulance wait, and nothing seems to be happening. Years ago I heard stories of a colleague’s mum who had survived colon cancer who was in a hallway for hours suffering from intestinal pain. This is not dignified or humane.

I know myself at hearing these reports that I am less likely to attend a hospital if I have a choice. I wonder how many deaths have occurred when people have delayed seeking assistance from hospitals. I wonder if there  is a way to capture that information. – Kathe James

The escalating problems with our hospitals are far more serious than the public appreciates. The ambulance delays and ramping are the tip of the iceberg of a broken system.

Bed shortages, overcrowding, delays in elective surgery are overlain by staff shortages and burnout. The vicious cycle of plummeting morale in doctors and nurses leads to resignations and absenteeism.

SA Health and the Health Minister must move beyond sanitised responses and hollow excuses. They must realise that stop-gap measures of outsourcing to the private sector, transfers to peri-urban facilities and early discharge to ill-equipped community services are dangerous and unsustainable.

The problems are getting worse. Our hope that this Government would repair the damage from Transforming Health, and move beyond this to improving services has faded. The ‘fiddling around the edges must stop’ and the hard but necessary solutions implemented – more funding, clinical staff and beds for our hospitals. Prof Warren Jones, WCH Alliance

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