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nRAH crisis deepens as revolving door takes another leader

Apr 19, 2017

Hon Stephen Wade MLC
Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing
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nRAH crisis deepens as revolving door takes another leader


The new Royal Adelaide Hospital has lurched further into crisis as yet another key leader of the project, Len Richards, resigned yesterday.

Mr Richards – the Chief Executive of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) – has been responsible for leading the transition to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital for less than three months, following the sacking of Julia Squire.

“Mr Richards’ resignation is gobsmacking. He is the sixth key leader to be lost to the nRAH project in the last two years,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

“Something is seriously wrong in Jack Snelling’s SA Health.

“This latest resignation means the high risk transition to the new hospital is now an even higher risk.

“With the Health Minister currently on leave, it falls to Acting Minister Vlahos to come out to reassure the staff of the hospital that someone is in control.

“None of the key project leaders have been in their role for even a year.”

The nRAH project leaders who have left in the previous two years include:

 

  • David Panter, CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2015)
  • Andrew Nielsen, Program Director (March 2015)
  • Judith Carr, Project Director (April 2016)
  • David Swan, CEO, SA Health (August 2016)
  • Julia Squire, CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2017)
  • Len Richards, Interim CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (early 2017)

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