The latest $176 million cost blow-out for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has driven the cost per bed at the new hospital to $3.3 million and counting.
“This project was originally slated to cost $1.7 billion – that cost has now blown out to more than $2.3 billion with the high probability of that figure growing the longer the project goes on,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“A $621 million cost blow-out is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s management and that figure doesn’t include the mounting costs associated with the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS).
“With the EPAS cost blow-out now pushing $366 million the Weatherill Government is racing towards a $1 billion cost blow-out for these projects.”
Not only has the costs of these projects skyrocketed but the NRAH is now behind way behind schedule.
Just one month ago, Health Minister Snelling promised South Australians that the hospital would open in April 2016 as originally promised:
“The builders are still insisting that they will deliver the project on time in April 2016…” (5AA, 25/11/14)
“This is certainly an unwanted Christmas present for all South Australians,” said Mr Wade.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has a history of failing to deliver projects on time and on budget and we have seen that poor record continue with the nRAH project.
“Yesterday’s announcement is the result of incompetent management from an incompetent Labor Government that has no one to blame but itself.
“South Australian taxpayers have invested enough money into this project for it to have been delivered on time and on budget.”