South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond
Rann Cannot Be Trusted On Hospital Costings
Victor P Taffa
South Australia Premier Mike Rann has been caught out trying to trick South Australians on the cost of the State Liberals’ proposed rebuild of the RAH on its current site.
“The State Liberals have costed the rebuild of the RAH on its current site at $700 million.” Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said today.
“Mr. Rann, on the other hand, has claimed the cost of the State Liberals’ rebuild of the RAH is $1.42 Billion.” Ms. Redmond said.
“However, if you were to use the same formula on Mr Rann’s $1.7 Billion rail yards hospital then the actual cost would be $3.64 Billion.”
“Put simply, in that case Mr. Rann’s costing of Labor’s rail yards hospital would therefore blowout by almost $2 Billion.”
“Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley are being sneaky with these costings to suit Labor’s argument and cannot be trusted on costings.” Ms. Redmond said.
“The Rann Government’s formula was exposed in a series of letters from Health Department bureaucrats just 24 hours after the release of the State Liberals’ costings for the rebuild of the RAH on its existing site.” Ms. Redmond said.
“The Rann Government has claimed publicly their proposed rail yards hospital can be built for $10,000 per square metre.”
“However, Mr. Rann’s own public servants are calculating that the construction cost per square metre will be almost three times that amount.”
“In fact, Health Department Executive Director (Statewide Service Strategy) Dr. David Panter has used the figure of $26,000 per square metre to build a hospital.” Ms. Redmond said.
“Labor’s proposed rail yards hospital is planned to cover 140,000 sq m – not 170,000 sq m – as outlined by then AMA President Peter Ford in November 2008.”
“Using the Government’s own methodology, the cost of Mr. Rann’s rail yards hospital is grossly underestimated.” Ms. Redmond said.
“Mr. Rann and his Labor Government cannot be trusted to run South Australia’s economy in a financially responsible way. Mr Rann has been caught out trying to mislead South Australians on the real costs of the rebuild of the RAH on its current site. Mr Rann cannot be trusted on critical issues of financial integrity.” Ms. Redmond said.
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