Taxpayers must not foot bill for Royal Adelaide Hospital failures

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member grassroots advocacy group representing Australia’s taxpayers, today commended SA Health for taking the firm position that taxpayers must not be made liable for the almost half a billion in flaws in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“We are concerned by allegations that the Celsus consortium, responsible for the construction of the hospital, has overseen a laundry list of spending on the taxpayer’s dime with much of that evidently going nowhere near the hospital.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy.

“With problems including defective alarms in mental health wards, failure to move patients when necessary, and insufficient cleaning of the facilities, patients and their families would naturally be concerned by these problems. For hardworking South Australian taxpayers, who are expected to fork out $1 million a day for the next 29 years for the hospital, the immense
waste of their funds is also concerning.

“The ATA commend SA Health and the South Australian government for looking out for the interests of taxpayers, and we hope they will continue to apply the same diligence to other major works under their stewardship.”

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