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NRAH not even technically complete

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital is now officially one year behind schedule as we pass the anniversary of the ‘Technical Completion’ date of 19 January 2016.

“A year ago today Health Minister Jack Snelling was meant to receive the keys to the NRAH and the Government should have commenced a three month testing period on the new hospital,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“Instead the building sits empty, unused, and the Weatherill Government is locked into an expensive legal battle with the builders.

“The year delay in the opening of the NRAH is increasing patient risk at other hospitals as the current RAH is well past its scheduled used by date and the Government pushes ahead with its bed closure plan.

“The Weatherill Government’s Transforming Health budget cuts were premised on the NRAH being open and able to deal with more patients.”

The public hospital system has this week been engulfed by a wave of protest from doctors and nurses.

Nurses are now threatening industrial action at multiple sites as they take a stand to protect patient safety following the Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to close Ward S7 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and close beds in three other wards.

“The fact the NRAH is running a year behind schedule and is $640 million over budget highlights just how poorly this project has been managed by the Weatherill Government.

“For most of the project the Health Minister Jack Snelling insisted the new hospital would be delivered on time.

“Indeed taxpayers paid the consortium an extra $68.6 million in September 2015 in a supposed settlement which was meant to guarantee “certainty” about the completion of the project.

“It is farcical that taxpayers gave the consortium almost $70 million to guarantee the building would open on time and it remains unfinished 16 months later.”