Perth Children’s Hospital will not open this year

November 11th, 2016 by: Kwinana Electorale Office


Key points

· State Government admits new kids’ hospital won’t open this year

· Commissioning of the hospital will take at least eight weeks

· Original completion date was 2015

 

The beleaguered Perth Children’s Hospital will not open this year, the Barnett Liberal Government has admitted.

Health Minister John Day this week said the latest date for practical completion of the new hospital was November 30.

Health Department Director General David Russell-Weisz told an Estimates hearing on October 27 that it would take between eight and 14 weeks to commission the hospital after practical completion.

Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook said with these timelines, there was no possible way the new children’s hospital would open by the end of the year as promised by Premier Colin Barnett.

The project has already been delayed by at least a year.

Comments from Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“The construction woes at the hospital are now beyond ridiculous.

“This is another example of the incompetence of the Barnett Liberal Government who have failed to properly manage the project.

“First we had faulty panels, then the asbestos scandal, lead in the water and now this admission of failure.

“This is despite the Premier saying as recently as September 30 that the hospital would open before Christmas.

“This hospital was supposed to open in 2015 and now won’t open before 2017 – at least 12 months behind schedule. Its construction has been one debacle after another. When will the community actually have a functioning hospital to treat our sick children?”

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