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Your views: on Hills transport, WCH and Nationals

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Today, readers comment on the government’s new Hills focus, resourcing a major hospital and climate policy.

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Commenting on the story: Public transport options on table as Govt eyes new Hills plan

I must say it’s good to see some parliamentary members starting to stand up for the needs of the Hills residents.

We don’t need more talk, I am sure the issues have been reviewed multiple times by different bodies over the last decade or so. We want action and if our existing members can’t move, I am sure we can find new members who will.

Some simple immediate changes would help. Let’s get trucks off the road in peak periods. To have one truck doing 60ish passing another doing 40ish at 730 am is just downright dangerous. How about no trucks on the freeway between 7am and 830am. How hard can that be.

Reopening rail to the Hills would be a major boost for tourism and ease transport to this fast growing region.

Politicians in South Australia – let’s get some vision and action. Well done Dan. – Darren Peisley

Commenting on the story: ‘The system is broken’: Nurses’ damning evidence about WCH care

This has been going on for at least five years. My partner who has been a registered nurse for over 35 years worked at the WCH for seven years, until two years ago when she had enough.

Poor management expecting way to much from the nurses, inability to get annual leave when requested, sometimes waiting for two years to get the dates she wanted. On one occasion her manager came into the operating theatre while an operation was in progress to tell her that she needed to take annual leave and to consider when she wanted to take it or the dates would be determined for her.

So many staff have left from the operating theatres in the past four years because the nurses were fed up with management that did not support them and the problem was those nurses were never replaced so that meant more work for those remaining. Continual pressure day after day and mentions of critical situations occurring regularly.

She left because it was a toxic environment, and incredibly in a hospital/nursing environment which is there to care for woman and children, management at all levels didn’t really care for the staff. It sounds like nothing has changed. – Tony Harford

Commenting on the story: Nationals dig in over PM’s emissions policy

If the Nationals don’t want to support a zero emissions target or create plans to achieve such an outcome, put it to a conscience vote in the parliament.

This will demonstrate just how out of touch they are with the broader society. Yes, looking after regional Australia is vitally important; however recognise that change is inevitable and key investment strategies need to be developed. Alternatively, without a plan it is reasonable to assume the Nationals won’t be in Government to influence the future. – Keith Gillard

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