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No confidence motion in Health Minister

The State Liberals will today move a no confidence motion in the Health Minister Jack Snelling in Parliament as a consequence of his incompetent handling of the South Australian health system.

"Jack Snelling’s Transforming Health agenda is a slow moving train wreck, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is a year overdue and $640 million over budget and EPAS is years overdue and $200 million over budget,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Throw in SA Health’s rolling scandals including the chemotherapy dosage errors, prostate cancer bungles, patient record snooping, spying on staff and the stampede of senior staff out the door and it’s clear the Minister has lost control of his Department as well.

“This no confidence motion is a sharp wake-up call for a Health Minister who is in complete denial about the mess he has created.

“There is now an open revolt amongst doctors working in South Australia’s public hospitals with 84 per cent of surgeons surveyed by the Royal College of Surgeons opposed to Transforming Health and 92 per cent of respondents to an AMA & SASMOA survey not convinced Transforming Health will provide better care for patients.

“More than 120,000 South Australians have signed petitions calling on the Weatherill Government to reverse its decision to close the Repat.

“The Minister has utterly failed South Australians with his completely inept handing of the trouble plagued nRAH project.

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

“Now we have no idea when the project will be completed and taxpayers are saddled with a $640 million blow-out in the cost of the nRAH.

“The Minister’s handling of the electronic patient record system (EPAS) is the final nail in the coffin of public confidence in Jack Snelling.

“The monstrous failure is already $200 million over budget and will force the nRAH to store its patient records off-site when the new hospital finally opens.”