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Call for $15m Mt Barker Hospital Upgrade - Sharkie

The Member for Mayo has called for an urgent upgrade to the Mount Barker Hospital emergency department.

Rebekha Sharkie MP says experts tell her the service has been running on a shoestring budget and the infrastructure simply won’t be fit for purpose by the end of the year.

The local MP has written to the State Health Minister, Stephen Wade, and launched a petition so the community can add their voices to this critical infrastructure request.

"We know the Federal Government has set aside an extra $1.3 billion for regional health services leading into the 2019 Federal election," Ms Sharkie said.

"The State needs to ask for our share for the Mount Barker Hospital so our medical professionals can work in a modern ED and meet the growing needs of a growing community.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to successfully fight for a 24-hour doctor at the hospital but the feedback I’ve been getting from our community is that this service has been running on a shoestring budget in surrounds that simply won’t be fit for purpose by the end of the year.

"From talking to people involved in this sector it is my understanding we need to invest $15 million to make the Mount Barker Hospital ED big enough and modern enough to provide the medical services our region deserves.”