Hospital with no patients to cost taxpayers $261,000 a day

December 22nd, 2013 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Sunday 22 Dec 2013

Fast Facts:

WA taxpayers will pay Serco $261,000 a day to run a hospital with no patients.
Serco will be paid $118.8 million as a result of Barnett Government mismanagement.
The money paid to Serco could have paid for extra floors at the new children’s hospital.

The Barnett Government’s continued delays and bungled management of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital means WA taxpayers will pay $261,000 a day for a hospital with no patients.

The Barnett Government will hand over the money to British-based private operator Serco.

Serco’s contract to run the hospital was signed to begin in January 2014 despite the hospital not being fully operational until at least April 2015.

The Barnett Government had promised that the hospital would be operational by April 2014 but has pushed the date back one year.

The hospital will not begin taking its first patients until October 2014, with other admissions staggered until it is due to be fully operational in April 2015.

Serco will be paid $118 million between January 2014 to March 2015 or $261,000 per day. During most of that time it will serve no or very few patients.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said:

“WA taxpayers are paying more than a quarter of a million dollars a day for a hospital with no patients.

“Taxpayers were promised a paperless hospital, instead, they are getting a patientless hospital.

“The health portfolio is out of control under Colin Barnett and Kim Hames. They’ve failed to deliver Fiona Stanley Hospital on time and on budget and now money being paid to Serco that could have paid for extra floors on the new children’s hospital.”

MARK MCGOWAN MLA – WA LABOR LEADER; SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT; ECONOMIC REFORM; PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT

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