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NRAH opening saga descends into farce

With the announcement of the fourth opening date, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital Project has descended into farce.

“The handover of the world’s most expensive hospital is now almost 6 months behind schedule but the Weatherill Government can’t tell us when it will be finished and the Health Minister won’t tell us why the project has been delayed,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“Three dates for technical completion of the building have come and gone yet we still just have a vague hint of an opening one day in September.

“The keys were originally meant to be handed over on January 18.

“Given that the keys will not be handed over before September means that testing, training, commissioning and the move straddle the Christmas/New Year period.

“Minister Snelling needs to come clean with the South Australian community and particularly the thousands of health workers who are on stand by for this move.

“They don’t deserve to have their plans disrupted by the delays in this project, which the Government admits were partly caused by the Government.

“We are now in June and the building remains far from complete and the Health Minister won’t explain why.

“Not only is the nRAH running well behind schedule but it is also way over budget with the cost of the project having blown out from $1.7 billion to $2.3 billion and counting.

“What is particularly perverse is that the Private Public Partnership model that the State Labor Government chose as a means of financing the project was meant to protect taxpayers from cost blow-outs and delays, instead taxpayers have been slugged an additional $660 million so far.

“The massive cost of the nRAH is a key factor in the Weatherill Government’s decision to close the Repat and downgrade services at The QEH, Modbury and Noarlunga emergency departments.

“The $640 million cost blow-out is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s mismanagement.

“The cost blow-out on the nRAH comes on top of the mounting blow out of the costs associated with the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS).

“With the EPAS cost blow-out now over $220 million the Weatherill Government’s the cost of Labor’s mismanagement has delivered almost $900million in cost blow-out on these two projects alone.