Reform relief

TIME FOR CHANGE: Mount Gambier general practitioner Dr Mike Brourton has welcomed the report into the city's hospital, but has raised concerns over the lack of set timeframes for change. He is pictured outside the Hawkins Medical Clinic where he practices. 	 Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

TIME FOR CHANGE: Mount Gambier general practitioner Dr Mike Brourton has welcomed the report into the city's hospital, but has raised concerns over the lack of set timeframes for change. He is pictured outside the Hawkins Medical Clinic where he practices. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A PROMINENT Mount Gambier doctor has broken his silence on the entrenched workforce problems at the hospital's emergency department, conceding it was "dangerous" at times and patient safety was compromised.

Hawkins Medical Clinic general practitioner Dr Mike Brourton - who is also employed as a supervisor at the hospital's emergency department - confirmed yesterday hospital management ignored the outcry from senior medical staff.

He said senior doctors working in the emergency department signed a letter calling for change, but management was slow to act.

Dr Brourton described the emergency department as "flying by the seat of their pants" over the past few years.

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