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Today, readers comment on a system overload, imprisoning children, and a tourism giant.

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Commenting on the story: ‘It isn’t safe’: Health system under siege as minister holds crisis talks

I have worked for the last 48 years in government nursing positions and I’ve never seen it bad as this. Interestingly, people working at the coal face are never asked how the issues that plague our health system could be fixed, or at least asked for ideas.

Fat cat executives and bean counters have had their way far too long. It’s time to hand back the running of health to clinicians. – Jim Baker

Commenting on the story: ‘Cry for help’: RAH doctors protest system breakdown

Most members of the medical profession would never use industrial action to make a point, the last time that happened was in the 1990s in SA.

Most will push on, and continue in what has proven to be a vain hope that things will improve. Not only the politicians but the public should therefore view their current action with great import, not just for now, but for some decades to come.

Working to rule and withholding services are entirely foreign to these professionals, and their statements should be viewed with some dread for the health of the state, and indeed the nation. – John Taylor

Commenting on the story: Greens push to lift SA’s criminal age from 10

I strongly believe it is morally and even criminally wrong to lock up children as young as 10 years of age in detention.

Even 14 year olds are not mature enough to fully understand the consequences of errant behaviour. Surely our society can do better than this. – Lesley Anne Smith

A 10 year old should never be incarcerated. – Patrick O’Sullivan

Commenting on the story: ‘An extraordinary legacy’: Tributes for SA tourism giant Bill Spurr

Bill was a wonderful friend who had an extraordinary ability to get to know whoever he was introduced to, by showing a genuine interest in who they were and what they were interested in – no matter what that was.

It was this trait that endeared him to all that met him and why he had the enviable label of “a bloody good bloke”. Bill might have not have agreed with you on all topics but he never let you stop having your opinions.

Bill was a keen golfer at both Mt. Osmond GC and more recently he and Helen were members of the Blackwood GC. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. – Con Katsaros

So sorry to hear this news. Chris and I have so many happy memories camping with Bill, Helen and the gang at Normanville. A gentleman. – Stephen Marlow

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