The Mayor of the Kangaroo Island Council, Jayne Bates, says the deadlock between Country Health SA and the island’s doctors needs to be resolved quickly.
The island’s doctors say new on-call contracts provided by Country Health are unacceptable.
They say they are unhappy about the possibility of being prevented from providing specialist on-call services like obstetrics and anaesthetics.
Country Health says it is still negotiating with the doctors.
But councillor Bates says if the contracts are not agreed to soon, Kangaroo Island will suffer.
“It’s not a storm in a teacup and I think the implications for the island and the potential loss of services is critical,” she said.
“We can’t drive to another hospital, we are remote, we are an island and the need to maintain the services we’ve got is critical.”