Frome MP Geoff Brock fuming as government keeps silent on pandemic response

Lack of communication undoing COVID response

The handling of the current COVID crisis has again been blasted as MPs have been left in the dark over how the Government plans to respond.

Member for Frome Geoff Brock has continued calls for the Government to better handle South Australia's COVID situation after labelling it a "shambles" in December.

According to Mr Brock, there has been a lack of communication between MPs and the Government on plans to manage the pandemic.

"Seeing that Parliament is not siting again until May 2022, we need to get together now so that elected members can ask questions and report back to their constituents," he said.

"I want an explanation for some of the decisions being made that seem to have undone the good work done over the past two years.

"Communication is the key, let us keep communication lines open and transparent and use the networks MPs have to roll out and reinforce the key messages to keep the community safe."

In light of recent cases in Pirie and the outlying areas, Mr Brock also said it was unacceptable for the walk in vaccination clinic to have closed over the holidays.

"I contacted the local hospital and was told the local health board had decided, two months ago, to close over the holiday period, which is unacceptable in our current crisis," he said.

"So I had to put pressure on our local health board to reopen and, when they did, more than 300 vaccinations were given on that first day.

"While front line workers are doing their absolute best, COVID response decisions are creating anger and confusion in the community."

Mr Brock said small businesses were angry and felt their concerns were not being addressed.

"Compensation for small businesses, who responded to the opening up messages in good faith only to face restrictions and closures, should be rolled out without any further delay," he said.

"I called for this in the last week of Parliament, before its premature closure, my office is flooded with enquiries from anxious and upset people who cannot get accurate information or cannot understand the latest bulletins."

Health Minister Stephen Wade was not available to respond to Mr Brock's comments at the time of publishing.