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Transition plan critical to patient safety

Mar 07, 2017

Hon Stephen Wade MLC
Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing
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Transition plan critical to patient safety


With Technical Completion of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital rumoured to be days away the State Liberals are calling on the Health Minister Jack Snelling to release his strategy for the move from the current RAH to the new RAH.

“Moving the hospital from one end of North Terrace to the other is an enormous logistical challenge that will require meticulous planning and an unwavering commitment to patient safety if it’s going to be done successfully,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“Jack Snelling needs to explain where he is going to find the additional 400 beds in Adelaide’s hospital network to manage the 12 weeks of ramping up down and ramping up at the two sites.

“Yesterday, during the warmer and traditionally lower demand months, there were just 40 spare beds in Adelaide’s public hospital system.

“Had the hospital move been underway with just 40 spare beds available the result would have been chaos.

“Jack Snelling is yet to explain how he is going to cope with moving the hospital in the middle of winter.

“Even if everything goes to plan regarding an imminent handover and the 90-day testing period, ramping up will finish at the beginning of August, right in the middle of winter.

“The Weatherill Government is risking acute overcrowding across the entire hospital system in the middle of winter.

“In 2015 the Health Minister explicitly ruled out opening the new hospital in winter, admitting that it would be “foolhardy and dangerous” to do so. (The Advertiser, 18 September 2015).

“As Minister Snelling told State Parliament the process of ramping down and up for the move to the new RAH would take about 12 weeks – six weeks on either side.” (Hansard 21 September 2016)

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