Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment 10 March

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Health

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has delivered Tasmania’s largest ever health infrastructure project, and there are now patients being cared for in this modern, state of the art hospital, receiving top quality care.

Our management of the project is backed by the Tasmanian Audit Office’s (TAO) findings in late 2019 that the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment, one of Tasmania’s largest ever health infrastructure projects “has, in all material aspects, been managed effectively.”

The project we delivered is, frankly, a million miles away from the one the Labor-Green Government mismanaged, failing to even lay a single brick.

As with any major project, there are often further minor works to ensure the project is fit for purpose for both staff and patients.

We will continue to work with the contractor to address these minor works.

It is also important to note that the $340 million RHH agreement that Andrew Wilkie entered into with the former Federal Labor Government in 2010, was not excluded from GST entitlement calculations for Tasmania.

This has meant that almost all of that funding has effectively been redistributed to other states through reductions in our GST allocations.

Because of this decision, Tasmania has funded almost the entirety of the $689 million of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment.

Tasmanians can be assured the Liberal Government will continue to invest in health care in Tasmania, through our record $9.8 billion spend into health and hospitals, providing the care Tasmanians need.

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