Today is the day that South Australians were meant to get the keys to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital – it is the first day the hospital is officially behind schedule.
“Today was supposed to be the day for ‘Technical Completion’ – the day that Health Minister Jack Snelling was meant to receive the keys and the Government commenced testing the new hospital,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.
“Instead the building is far from complete and the State Government won’t get the keys to the nRAH until April at the earliest.
“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 $2.34 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 $644 million so far.
“The massive cost blow-out on the nRAH is sucking even more resources into the centre – that is why the Weatherill Government is closing the Repat and downgrading services at The QEH, Modbury and Noarlunga emergency departments.
“The $644 million cost blow-out is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s mismanagement.
“The cost blow-out on the nRAH does not even include the costs of delaying the opening of the nRAH to November. It is going to cost tens of millions dollars to keep an empty hospital empty during winter.
Also, the blow-out on the nRAH project doesn’t even include the mounting costs associated with the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS).
“EPAS is an IT project to help run hospitals and South Australians were told that it is integral to the nRAH. With the EPAS cost blow-out now over $220 million, the Weatherill Government has delivered almost $900million in cost blow-outs on just these two projects.
“South Australian taxpayers have invested enough money into this project for it to have been delivered on time.”
In May 2015, Jack Snelling described the 90 days after ‘technical completion’ as:
“... the time that we have once the hospital’s completed to basically do all the technical checks and all the other stuff and do all the testing just to make sure that the hospital’s ready for us to take over”.
I guess it’s a bit like a cooling off period or something like that on a house, you take the house, you go through it, you check that all the plugs are working, you check that it does everything you’ve paid for so we have a 90-day period to do all that testing to make sure that the hospital’s ready for us to take ...
… It’s not a warranty period but it’s the time under the contract that we have to do all the testing, to make sure all the systems work, to do all that sort of stuff, to make sure that it’s ready and fit for us to move at the hospital.
ABC radio 891 – 4 May 2015