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Your views: on medi-hotels, a family's wait, letters, music and Fumbles

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Today, readers comment on the latest leak and border closure, a hospital investigation, interpretations, a festival and our slightly Crows-leaning footy column.

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Commenting on the story: SA slams border shut to Greater Melbourne

Here’s an idea. Commandeer West Beach or Semaphore caravan park, add a few extra ATCOs to the cabins, stock the kitchens with 14 days of groceries and a washing machine and dryer, pop a security fence around each complete with security guards and let fresh sea breezes and self-sufficiency fix the medi-hotel issue. How many more leaks? – Cathie Brown

Commenting on the story: Parents will waiting for answers over girl’s appendix burst ordeal

Annabel, David and Audrey Oates have an inalienable right to a genuine and complete apology from the Minister of Health and CE SA Health.

An apology consists of three parts: an acknowledgement that the actions that occurred may impact on others; remorse and empathy by truly feeling bad for what has occurred; restitution.

Once again this poor couple have been subjected to an all too familiar process of an “apparent apology”.

A medical person peripherally involved, if at all, with the incident is trotted forward to make a statement to the press and by inference an apology is thus “ given” to the parents.

Then follows a lengthy period of procrastination and no information forthcoming under the guise that it is the busy staff that are conducting the “ investigation”, when in reality it is being conducted and documented by the administrative staff who certainly are not doing the double shifts in ED to try to hold the system together, and are more than amply placed to conduct this investigation within days – not weeks or months.

So we are left with no restitution and with every possibility this will occur again, which after all was why these devoted and responsible parents went through the tortuous process of having the temerity and determination to mount a complaint in the first instance.

Just show them some respect, please. Assoc Professor John Svigos 

Commenting on: Your views, Tuesday May 24

The headline ‘Pandemic blow to gender equality’ is not misleading, despite Asbjorn Kanck’s comment to the contrary.

Asbjorn states the Deloitte survey referenced only surveyed women, and therefore is statistically invalid without surveying men. With respect, that is not what I took from the InDaily article or the report itself.

The statistical validity of this report is about women’s lived experience pre-and post-pandemic with various workplace indicators in the survey that directly relate to gender equality, such as caregiving responsibilities and work-life balance, drastically declining from the last survey pre-pandemic – sometimes by well over half.

When you couple this with more detailed observations in the report, the picture is clear. Things that stood out for me were:

– women have suffered more than 20 per cent more from job losses since the pandemic began, on top of already earning 20 per cent less on average than men

– the impact of the pandemic on women’s equality is widely acknowledged including by the UN Secretary General and the World Economic Forum who have said pay parity may have been set back by a generation.

Like Asbjorn, I am not a fan of corporate think tank reports that are so often tools for self-promotion, but I am a fan of reading them. Matt Loader

Commenting on the story: Festival review: Coriole Music Festival

Anna took the festival to a new high level. Terrific and thank you. – John Blandford

Commenting on a reader’s view about our Fumbles correspondent, and Touch Of The Fumbles: 43 seconds

Dear Norma Virgo, Tom Richardson isn’t a football writer. He doesn’t pretend to be a football writer. He is one-eyed Crows supporter who likes nothing better than to see Port lose. – Rodney Davies

Ah Tom, being only relatively new to Fumbles, yours is the only sports column I now read.

As a proud yet long-suffering supporter of all things Crow, I love your honesty when detailing our club’s foibles.

The thing I love most though is the fact you still bleed for them. Keep up the great work and go Crom. – Ros Francis

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