Parliamentary Committee to investigate NRAH delay

A Parliamentary Select Committee is moving to call key players in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project to investigate why the hospital is overdue and when it is likely to open.

The Transforming Health Select Committee is expected to call SA Health Partnership, the Builder (HYLC), the Independent Certifier and the State Government’s Project Team on the 17th of June.

"South Australians are sick and tired of the Weatherill Government’s secrecy regarding the ongoing delays and budget blow-outs associated with the nRAH," said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

"The hospital is being built with public money and the public have the right to know why the world’s most expensive hospital is likely to be a year late and at least $640 million over budget.

"Health Minister Jack Snelling has repeatedly claimed it is not for him to explain why his project is so far behind schedule and so over budget.

"Three dates for technical completion of the building have come and gone yet we still just have a vague hint of a handover in September.

"The Weatherill Government was originally meant to get the keys to the hospital on January 18.

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

"The rolling delays in the completion of the nRAH is also impacting on the implementation of the Weatherill Government’s controversial Transforming Health agenda.

"The nRAH is central to Transforming Health with targeted, site-specific implementation plans aligned with the opening of the nRAH.

"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 Weatherill Government admits were partly caused by them."