State Government reveals time line for Perth Children’s Hospital opening

State Government reveals time line for Perth Children’s Hospital opening

THE State Government has revealed the time frame for the opening of the trouble-plagued Perth Children’s Hospital.

Health Minister Roger Cook says the new hospital will open in May 2018, two-and-a-half years after it was originally slated to open.

One of the primary concerns has been removing traces of lead from water in the hospital.

A Government media release said: “eplacement of brass fittings is progressing and water testing and analysis are showing positive trends”.

“What I now know through ongoing experience with this hospital is that there’s no such thing as a guarantee,” Mr Cook said.

“I think the WA public have a right to be angry about the delays in relation to this hospital.

“They’re not of my making, but we’ve taken control.

“The mid year review will have to detail the ongoing costs associated with these delays.

“This is an expensive project, there’s around six million a month in costs, and the people who are paying the most of it are the staff and patients at PMH.”

The final patients will be moved to the hospital in June 2018.

The Department of Health Director General Dr David Russell-Weisz said fixing the issue of lead in the water was paramount.

“We need to make sure the water is safe on day one, then in to the future,” Dr Russell-Weisz said.

“There’s been a lot of conjecture about where the lead is coming from, there’s been a lot of armchair water experts.

“Tests show it’s coming from within the hospital.

“We’re here because of construction issues.

“We’re hopeful now we can make May and we can make June.

“The move will take place on a Sunday, work with Main Roads and St John Ambulance.”