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Your views: on reopening, nurses, a roundabout and Fumbles

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Today, readers comment on easing COVID restrictions, nurse workloads, a Hills junction and our humble footy scribe.

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Commenting on the story: Warning that reopening plan will ‘turbocharge’ COVID-19 spread

Prior to any decision being made about reopening borders I would like the Government and SA Health to carefully examine what is happening in Singapore. Talk to the Singapore Health Department.

Singapore has achieved 80 per cent vaccination, follows all the preventative guidelines with a population that is compliant, yet its number of cases are still growing. – Kerry Heysen

Commenting on the story: ‘Grave concerns’: SA nurses working double shifts, unpaid overtime

The public exposure of the exploitation of nurses at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is long overdue.

For years now, the hospital administration has turned a blind eye to the resultant stress and harm endured by staff and patients alike, whilst employing coercive encouragement to pressure dedicated and concerned nurses to work double shifts and unpaid overtime, and to forgo their precious days off and holidays, to return to work to support their colleagues.

These arrangement, if not illegal, are unsafe, and surely transgress occupational health and safety provisions. In the meantime, the hospital euphemistically describes these overwork practices as ‘extended working hours’.

It is amazing that the hospital, SA Health and the Government has got away with this for so long. It has to stop. – Warren Jones

This is definitely why a lot of nurses are changing careers and leaving nursing. I personally would say to any young person contemplating nursing: don’t.

I left acute nursing 11 years ago as we were expected to work on without overtime pay. Perhaps an hour or so once or twice a fortnight. Now it is a couple of times a week, sometimes three or four shifts in a row. Plus being called in to work on your days off.

Then there’s the times you start at 7am, do a double shift and finish at 10 or so at night and back at 7am next morning. Not safe for nurses, not safe for patients. The government has ignored this growing problem for a good 13 years or more that I know of and have experienced. It has gotten worse over the years.

They need to put nursing back into hospitals, not TAFE and uni. Invest more money in health. The city is bad enough but it’s downright disgusting in regional Australia, not enough nurses or doctors. – Ann Mills

Great article. My wife is a senior emergency nurse within SA Health and I am encouraging her to leave the public health system.

Cost cutting measures have seen a centralised rostering system implemented that is inflexible to staff needs and is seeing senior staff leave in droves.

The people in charge need to realise their staff are not just numbers, they are SA Health’s number one assets.

Considering the bed shortages and poor conditions our nurses are already dealing with, the state will soon have a major health crisis on their hands, and that’s not factoring in Covid. – Rob Buss

The issue is compounded by the unrelenting introduction of EPAS/Sunrise in the system and the significant unpaid but required training needed by users. – Austin Taylor

Commenting on the story: Tree-clearing Old Belair Rd junction plan divides community

The question that DIT has failed to ask while designing the proposed roundabout at James Road and Old Belair Road is why so many people are using James Road.

James Road was never designed for high volume traffic and is essentially a goat track with tight bends and limited sight distance. There have been numerous crashes on the bends of this road, even before you hit this intersection.

The answer is quite clear. Since the expansion of Craigburn Farm, residents from Glenalta, parts of Belair, Upper Sturt and Hawthorndene have struggled turning right onto a main road that heads down into the city. This has forced people to use James Road as the intersection of last resort.

With the traffic normally banked up Old Belair Road past the James Road intersection in the morning due to the Blythewood Road roundabout, it can be easier for drivers to turn right if someone lets them in.

It is not clear why James Road has been chosen for this “upgrade” when other cheaper and less destructive options exist that have also been previously assessed for similar works. This is an exceedingly expensive roundabout with massive environmental impacts and has the potential to cause more accidents in both the merging section on the north side of the roundabout and by pushing more cars to use James Road. – Tom Morrison

Commenting on the story: Touch of the Fumbles: Schadenfreude

Brilliantly funny yet again Tom. The AFL season 2022 can’t start soon enough for me as I so look forward to reading Touch of the Fumbles once more. – Maria Russo

Funniest article I’ve read this year. Congratulations, you captured the thoughts of all Crow supporters. And the Simpson clips were superb. Maybe ”The goggles, they do nothing” could’ve been worked in somewhere. – Stewie Russell

As an equally biased one-eyed Crow supporter I just have to thank you for another season of comment and hilarity. Even your sarcastic comments directed at THE Team’s mainly disappointing results gave me a good laugh. Cheers. – Ros Roberts

Thanks for a most enjoyable year of Fumble reports. This summary was right up there with Cazaly! Looking forward to 2022 for the footy and the Fumbles. Have a great off-season. – Leigh Milne

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