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Today, readers comment on hospitals, planning and a Cross Rd truck route.

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Commenting on the story: Emergency doctors warn about preparedness as COVID cases spiral

I think that health ministers should be delivered to one of our hospitals in an ambulance in disguise and see for themselves first hand how the system is struggling.

My partner has been admitted to hospital twice in the past six months. First admission, private: There were no beds. Second admission, public, as the medical situation was more serious so he could only be admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. There were no beds.

I kept a meal delivery docket that says “the corridor opposite the Nurses Station”.

By the way, the staff at the RAH were absolutely amazing. But they were stressed about how they were going to cope when COVID entered SA, when they were constantly juggling beds without COVID.  Juggling patients when there were not enough beds, sending them home early with Hospital @ Home care.

My heart goes out to our medical staff and their voices should be heard because it is going to be their battle. Our medical teams need all of our support. They are our angels. – Lissi Whyte

Commenting on the story: 154 new COVID cases as testing rules eased for interstate arrivals

After months of planning, clearly, SA Health and SA Government are not ready for living with COVID.

It appears that the date set for opening up our borders was more important than being ready.

SA opened its borders before the vaccination targets were met. Why?

The mixed messaging is highly concerning and South Australians have every right to question the SA Government’s handling of this.

All one can do now is get a booster vaccination as soon as possible, follow social distancing protocols, mask up in public areas and avoid crowds where possible. – Gerry Kandelaars

Commenting on the story: Rail bypassed as roads bear freight burden

When the new TD2 tunnel opens, heavy freight trucks that now travel mostly down Portrush and Glen Osmond roads from the South Eastern Freeway will choose to use the shortest route from A to B – which will be Cross Road.

This will mean thousands of heavy trucks barrelling through our suburbs causing damage to our roads which will then need “upgrading” in turn making it even easier for even more trucks to use.

A recent Liberal flyer in my letterbox stated that the government is spending $200 million “delivering” the Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass which will divert trucks out of our suburbs.

Rather, this money is allocated for the Truro Bypass on the Sturt Highway. In reality the government has set aside $10 million for a proposed business case study of the bypass which may or may not happen after the election.

Unlike the residents of Maribyrnong, who are already living with some of “Australia’s highest levels of diesel pollution” we have an opportunity to plan for alternative freight routes external to our urban areas that do not endanger public health or community access to residential streets.

To continue to do nothing is to endorse Cross Road as a freight corridor. – Alicia Siegel

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