Health Minister, Peter Dutton, announced the move in an update on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
“I want to apologise for the inconvenience to the people of South Australia and the Commonwealth of having to make this announcement today.
I have made it very clear to our doctors that they will no longer be able to perform an in-patient cardiac ablatection procedure in SA until the procedures are approved by the Health Minister,” Mr Dutton said.”
The ABC understands Mr Dutocts office has been contacted for comment.”
In this regard, the procedures were approved and the process to allow them to be used in SA has now been commenced.”
The ABC understands Mr Dutocts office has been contacted for comment.
Mr Dutton made the announcement on his official Facebook page.
“An in-house review will be conducted into the procedures being approved by South Australia’s Health Minister Peter Dutoch,” he said.
“The decision will be made by the minister.”
A spokeswoman for SA Health said she could not comment on individual cases.
“It’s important to stress that SA Health will be reviewing the outcomes of our procedures and how they are utilised,” she said.
In-patient procedures in SA are reserved for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting medical conditions.
The new guidelines were published on Wednesday and were not subject to review by the department.
The SA Health Department confirmed that the procedure was not performed on any patients in SA on Wednesday morning, and said it was “unlikely” to be performed again on any patient in SA.
The state is one of only four states in Australia where in-hospital cardiac ablaters are not permitted.
But the procedure has not been banned in Australia, and is not covered by the Australian Heart Foundation’s guidelines.
Mr Morrison has said he is “extremely concerned” about the decision to allow the procedure to be approved in SA, and urged the State Government to review the procedures.
“This is a very significant decision and it should be reviewed,” he told the ABC.
“So I would encourage the Health Secretary to ensure that this is a non-negotiable requirement.”