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Half a hospital for NRAH opening

Health Minister Jack Snelling has today admitted to State Parliament that when the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (NRAH) opens its doors it will have just half the number of beds that are currently available at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Health Minister has also confirmed he will break his promise that all services delivered at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be delivered at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and that paper patient records will be needed due to the failure of the electronic patient system.

Add in the fact that not even Health Minister Jack Snelling believes the April 18th opening date for the NRAH will be met and it is now apparent that the South Australia health system is sailing into dangerous waters.

“The sum total of the Weatherill Government’s inability to deliver the NRAH on time and on budget is that patient care will be compromised from day one of the new hospital,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“The Weatherill Government repeatedly promised that the $2.3 billion NRAH would be operational at full capacity on the 18th of April 2016 – the Health Minister has now admitted that is a fantasy.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has botched the delivery of the single most important health project in the history of South Australia.

“The beleaguered $422 million patient computer system (EPAS) was meant to undergo an implementation phase at the current Royal Adelaide Hospital for 12 months and will now not be fully operational for the opening of the NRAH.

“The Opposition understands that the EPAS patient record system is likely to carry little more than observation notes on day one.

“The failure of the Labor Government to fulfil another iron clad promise regarding the transfer of all services to the NRAH highlights just how chaotic the planning process has become.

“With the opening now officially just 9 months away, the Minister was unable to indicate what services will be provided at NRAH and what services will have to be transferred to other hospitals.”