Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP has formally implored the SA Parliament’s Upper House Legislative Review Committee to undertake a thorough review into the State’s rural and regional health care in response to the lodging of his health petition with its 10,688 signatures, presented to the chamber on 15 November.
“The day after lodging the petition I wrote to the Legislative Review Committee emphasising the importance of the topic and the committee’s forensic consideration of the five specific requests petitioned, for which today I have received formal acknowledgement”, Mr Ellis said.
“The health petition was a massive community undertaking and represents the largest petition ever lodged to Parliament in the history of the Narungga electorate. As such, it suitably reflects the unprecedented, high and wide level of community concerns felt about local health service provision and resource allocations.
“I wrote to the Legislative Committee members to drive home how keenly anticipated the now triggered formal review is by communities right across the Narungga electorate and broadly, across regional SA, and to confirm my eagerness to appear before the committee when an inquiry commences”, Mr Ellis said.
“I also affirmed to them my belief there will be many community members willing to stand as witnesses and/or provide evidence in written submissions of the vital need for improvements to health services in the Narungga electorate.
“I thus have requested notification of submission details as soon as they are released so I can inform all interested participants.
“Now that I have received formal notice from the Legislative Review committee that the health petition is on their agenda, as soon as I receive further correspondence, I will update the community”, Mr Ellis said.