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Today, readers comment on two recent patients deaths after long waits for an ambulance.

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Commenting on the story: Another patient death deepens ambulance delay crisis

Shouldn’t we wait for the Coroner’s report before jumping the gun. It is disgraceful of the union to use this lady’s death for political purposes.

Back in 2007, my wife died at our home in Paralowie while we waited over an hour for an ambulance  and there wasn’t “boo” from the ambulance union then, but then it was a Labor government.

Ambulances delays have been around for as long as I can remember and will be for many years to come, regardless of who the government is. – Fred Driver

It strikes me as odd that the pandemic gets the blame for everything these days, despite Adelaide being Covid-free.

Everything I hear and read informs me that the whole health system is beyond crisis. Why aren’t people suing SA health and the government in the circumstances outlined in these two cases? – James Baker

We have a rapidly ageing population in SA and as a person in my late 70s I am terrified of getting sick, given the ageism that is evident in the attitudes of our State and Federal governments which are influencing priorities given in our health care systems.

Billions are allocated to build new hospitals but not enough to employ trained medical staff to run them and the ambulance system that feeds them. The Nordic countries’ approach to health care offer a shining example of what is possible but our politicians are showing no signs that they can think outside the box and persist with a system that is clearly  inadequate. – Dale Bagshaw

370 more ambos by June next year. Won’t that look good being announced in March next year. Just in time for the state election. Or am I being too cynical? – Geoff Stewart

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