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Thanks for nothing: new twist in SA Pathology spat

Today’s Notes on Adelaide, Premier is called to snub the state’s private pathology provider, but Labor continues to trade barbs with its candid pre-selection candidates-and has Steven Marshall hired a new football team?

Pathological war of words

Prime Minister Stephen Marshall has, of course, gone out of his way to celebrate the efforts of state-owned SA Pathology through the recent seven-day blockade.

Even when forced to apologize for the spike in waiting time, he quickly emphasized how hard Tom Dodd and his team are working to pass a record number of COVID 019 tests. Did.

Marshall, whose end was coming on Sunday, was particularly enthusiastic. “Thanks to the people at SA Pathology,” he said in a daily COVID update.

“They have endured some horrific situations, and I really want to thank all the SA Pathology staff, guards, and people who manage the traffic.”

The next day, he picked them up again and said, “Thanks to all the people on the front lines, especially those of SA Pathology.”

Again, he emphasized the “very difficult weather conditions” they are working on.

Even on Tuesday morning, when he delivered an end-of-blockade proverb that thanked many, it was notorious for Cuba Gooding Jr. when he won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Reminiscent of public gratitude, SA Pathology was the first taxi from the rank for the tip of the premier saying hat.

This SA Pathology Thanksgiving was unnoticed by people doing much the same work for the state’s private pathology providers. They were working little by little to do a record number of tests as well.

Crystal Lee, an employee of Clinpath, even called Marshall to Facebook in a post that collected thousands of likes after being shared by GlamAdelaide. “Dear Stephen Marshall, today you thank SA Pathology for the amount of yesterday’s tests and acknowledged the horrific weather conditions they were working in … I agree, they should be praised.” Lee started.

“But I work at Clinpath and I know that myself and my friends worked under exactly the same conditions as my friends working at Australian Clinical Labs and contributed to most of these 23k tests. I am.

“We were cold, it rained, hail, abused, our legs hurt, our back hurt.

“Don’t give praise to just one company. It’s a big slap for our other people.

“We are equal and everything has been strengthened. We are fighting the same constant, relentless and stressful battle. The government has noticed our support and we private companies have you and you. I hope my team will never forget it. “

She signed off from “one of many tired pathology employees”.

It is no exaggeration to say that there has been some tension since the pandemic began last year between the Marshall government and the state’s private pathology services, especially Klimpas.

Last year, with a series of increasingly concise emails Published by InDaily, CEO Dr Fergus Whitehead, provided the services of Marshall and his health minister, Stephen Wade Clinpath, to ease the burden on SA Pathology and at the same time urge government funding to increase its capacity.

After some fruitless plea, he finally wrote:

“It was only six months ago that the press claimed that SA Pathology was inefficient and needed to cut budgets and increase the potential for privatization, and now you support its virtues and It’s further expanding the level and cost base of our staff … Still, other regular tests have ignored our offer to support this condition, “he wrote in May. ..

“Your lack of response suggests to me that the state’s Liberal Government is not interested in South Australia’s private pathology and does not consider it an essential service.”

A few days later, Whitehead Fire againAfter Wade announced the formation of a state-owned “quick response team,” he offered exactly the same services that Klimpas had already contracted with the federal government, which the CEO called “wasting government money.” I called it.

Since then, they’ve fixed things and helped the company support the state’s testing system.

However, after repeated public gratitude, Whitehead sent another email this week.

On Monday morning, he wrote to Marshall and Wade with a message that Indaily saw.

“There is no doubt that SA Pathology is doing a great job … I train with Tom Dodd and I have a lot of respect for him,” he started.

“But as the Liberal Minister, who appears to be the champion of the private sector, you seem to forget about the private sector COVID inspection activities at regular press conferences.

“There are a lot of staff at Klimpas who can mention in front of the camera and give a little thank you.

“I personally don’t want your thanks … I can say you went over to help the testing effort during this pandemic without any support from the SA government. We want all Klimpass staff to do what they can. “

In other states, such as Victoria, Whitehead said, “The state government is promoting private COVID testing because we all know that we are in South Australia and we are all together. I am delighted. “

“Believe it or not, we want to help SA in the event of this public health emergency,” he concludes.

Wednesday morning, Marshall holds a press conference after the first lockdown mea culpa..

“Yesterday I thanked a lot of people. When you thank a lot of people, it’s always dangerous because you exclude people,” he said.

“Yesterday I was talking about the great work SA Pathology did. [but] It should also be emphasized that SA has some great private pathology services, especially Clinpath and ACL, which have done a great job.

“SA’s Private Pathology Laboratory has done extraordinary work to get these tests back. We are very grateful to them.”

Yes, it’s a happy ending, but it’s worth pondering public vs. private orders here.

The federal grant grants state COVID testing, with reported Medicare grants of $ 85 per test for private providers and half that ($ 42.50) for public laboratories. ..

Therefore, the promotion of public services and their test sites will, of course, see a proportional increase in funding for state-owned services.

Note asked the Prime Minister’s Office this morning if it would be in the government’s interest to promote its own pathology services, but did not receive a response.

From division to decision

One of the most disruptive internal polls in recent SA labor history has ended this week, and a candid challenger to Spence’s safe federal seat, Alice Dawkins’ pre-selection, is the decisive challenge for Transport Union official Matt Burnell. We won only 11.5% of the votes cast for 88.5. percent.

The pre-selection was unsuccessful. Dawkins first flipped the apple cart just against the pick chosen by the right, and things escalated from there.

She shocked the party with a threatened Supreme Court opposition, posted a series of criticisms about the party and its preselection process, and then voted, and thus all other preselections in all other states. I appealed to the National Administrative Court to overturn. Redone to properly address workers’ commitment to affirmative action.

Labor State Secretary Reggie Martin was particularly selected for Dawkins’ criticism – most prominently, and especially in the song:

But Martin, himself a Labor candidate for the House of Councilors in the upcoming state elections, has so far declined to comment, given that the pre-election process was underway.

Yesterday, he broke the silence in a short statement, congratulating Burnell and “confidently in all three elements of the ballot to achieve 88.45% bilateral preference votes against 11.55% Alice Dawkins. I won. “

This statement does not mention Dawkins again, but it does contain a passage about a campaign that could be interpreted as passive-aggressive.

“Matt carried out a positive campaign and engaged with the members, which is reflected in the results and has won the largest margin in the pre-selected contest in decades.”

Still, bad blood continues to smolder, but it’s all over and now it’s over.When the party finally announces Burnell’s victory (almost 24 hours later) InDaily First reported the results), Dawkins wasn’t very happy that she wasn’t in the loop yet:

A team for all South Australians?

Stephen Marshall raised his eyebrows yesterday when he arrived at a media conference wearing a face mask with a unique logo embroidered on the front (pictured above): the powerful Adelaide Crow logo.

A well-known enthusiast of Port Adelaide power as well as a premiere, he is also the number one ticket holder for the local SANFL team Norwood. As many point out, it’s a bit strange in itself.

When he was suddenly asked if he had changed the AFL team, the premiere immediately changed the subject.

“Yes, well … well … do you have any other questions?” He answered when asked about upset apparel, and then featured his fellow Immanuel University graduate Kyle Chalmers, next. Pivoted to sprout the Olympic 100m Men’s Freestyle Finals.

Perhaps the Crows face mask was intended as a diagonal tribute to Chalmers. Chalmers’ father, Brett, is, of course, very famous for playing 50 games at the Adelaide Football Club. That and so on.

But a note about Adelaide’s best guess is that Marshall left the mask at home and had to borrow a mask from an unfortunate Crows fanatic, and he was unconscious of the club’s hated crosstown rivals. He didn’t realize he was an ambassador.

In any case, he quickly fixed the oversight with Photoshop magic.

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