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Labor has pledged to build a new $220million hospital in the Adelaide Hills if the party wins this month’s state election. The party says the proposed new facility for Mount Barker would triple the number of beds available at the existing hospital to 102. It would retain all current services and add a 12-bed mental health unit, rehabilitation beds for longer-term patients, and more obstetric, medical and surgical beds. The facility would also have an on-site pharmacy, pathology and radiology departments, improved outpatient clinics, and new operating rooms. Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said Mount Barker’s growing community needs health services that can meet current and future demand. “Local people will be able to be treated more often in their own hospitals, and this will relieve the pressure on metro hospitals,” he said. The Mount Barker area is home to approximately 37,000 people and is expected to grow to over 56,000 within 15 years. South Australians go to the polls on March 19. Australian Associated Press

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