Opposition commits to building palliative care unit at Port Pirie

A PROMISE by State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall may deliver a new palliative care unit to the Port Pirie Regional Health Service if his party wins government. 

In an announcement made on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Marshall and Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson pledged $250,000 for the new facility to be installed if elected. 

“Port Pirie does not currently have a designated palliative care unit, but if elected, a Marshall Liberal Government will refit and refurbish a new facility at the Port Pirie Regional Health Service,” Mr Marshall said. 

“A suitable area for a palliative care unit has been identified within the main hospital building at the end of a ward, which has previously been used for physiotherapy. 

“With the physiotherapy department moving to the new GP Plus Centre, this space can easily be transformed into a suitable area with at least three palliative care beds.” 

Mrs Jackson, who had been pursuing the policy for 12-months, welcomed the commitment by her party. 

“The State Liberals have listened to the people of Port Pirie, who have been very passionate about having a local palliative care unit,” she said.  

Mr Marshall said there was “no doubt” that Labor had let regional South Australia down. 

“The regions have been completely neglected by the government,” he said. 

The commitment made by Mr Marshall will mean people in the entire Mid North will have access to palliative care services.

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, right, with Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson, announced a $250,000 pledge to fund a new palliative care unit for the Port Pirie Regional Health Service.

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, right, with Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson, announced a $250,000 pledge to fund a new palliative care unit for the Port Pirie Regional Health Service.

Health minister Jack Snelling was wary of what Mr Marshall had promised, saying initial advice received stated the $250,000 “won’t deliver” what the Liberals had proposed. 

“We’ve been working – Country Health have been working – with the local Port Pirie community through the local Health Advisory Council to improve palliative care facilities, we know the HAC had a particular proposal that they’re pursuing at the moment and we’re working towards that,” Mr Snelling said. 

“Our initial advice is that the cost of what we’re looking at is far in excess of the $250,000 that Mr Marshall’s promised. I expect it would be in excess of half a million dollars. 

“We’re very committed to improving palliative care facilities for the Port Pirie community, and we’re working towards a solution to see how we can fund that but certainly the $250,000 that Mr Marshall’s promised won’t deliver what the Port Pirie community has told us that they’re looking for.”

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