Government must lift veil of secrecy around Royal Hobart Hospital completion date

Tasmanian Labor
  • Government needs to come clean about RHH practical completion date
  • Have penalties been imposed as a result of the delays?
  • Tasmanians deserve to know the truth
  • The Government needs to lift its veil of secrecy and tell Tasmanians whether it agreed to change the practical completion date for the Royal Hobart Hospital.

    Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said Tasmanians had a right to know the truth.

    “The new Royal Hobart Hospital was supposed to be finished in December 2018 and yet here we are in March 2020, and we still have no clue as to when the hospital will open,” Ms Lovell said.

    “The Government needs to explain to Tasmanians whether it agreed to change the practical completion date and if so, why?

    “Under the redevelopment contract, there is a provision for penalties 30 days after the date for practical completion, at $17,000 a day. After 60 days, daily penalties of $35,000 apply.

    “According to the letter of the contract, it is estimated the managing contractor would be liable to pay more than $14 million in penalties to date.

    “The Government must reveal whether it has imposed penalties or whether it’s happy to see Tasmania short-changed as a result of its infrastructure failures.”

    Sarah Lovell MLC

    Shadow Minister for Health

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