Patient surge denied

HEALTH authorities yesterday denied there had been a surge in patients being transferred from metropolitan areas to Mount Gambier Hospital due to the relocation of patients to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide.

This follows a key doctors union questioning if Mount Gambier could absorb the overflow of patients given the recruitment issues plaguing the South East public health facility.

After a damning independent report was handed down earlier this year into serious workforce issues, the hospital is continuing to have problems recruiting senior doctors.

Around 300 patients were ferried to the state-of-the-art new $2.4b RAH this week, which has seen some other hospitals hit with heavier workloads.

SA Salaried Medical Officers Association senior industrial officer Bernadette Mulholland

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