The State Liberals have released information from the Independent Certifier for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital showing that the Weatherill Government had advice indicating the hospital was facing lengthy delays since early last year.
“Health Minister Jack Snelling repeatedly stated it was his advice that the nRAH project would be delivered on time when the advice from the Partnership was that the project was running months behind schedule,” said Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade.
“Throughout 2015 the Independent Certifier - Donald Cant Watts Corke – reported the date for Technical Completion had ballooned from 19 January 2016 to 28 April 2016.
“In February this year the Independent Certifier reported that the further revised Technical Completion date of 25 May 2016 would not be met, yet the Health Minister Jack Snelling failed to inform the public of that date until the end of March.
“Indeed at the moment there is no date on which the South Australian public can reliably expect the keys to the hospital to be handed over on.
“Health Minister Jack Snelling has being playing hide and seek with the South Australian public regarding this critical project.
“He has repeatedly failed to provide an accurate assessment of the information before the Government regarding the repeated delays and cost blow-outs of the most expensive hospital in Australia.
“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 $640 million so far.
“The $640 million cost blow-out is a shocking indictment of the Weatherill Government’s mismanagement.
“South Australian taxpayers have invested enough money into this project for it to have been delivered on time.”