The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says the Liberal Party’s estimated cost of $700 million to rebuild the Royal Adelaide Hospital is too low.
The AMA says the Opposition must revert to an alternative $1.4 billion option to refit the hospital if it wins Saturday’s South Australian election.
AMA president Andrew Lavender says, as well as bed replacement, core sections of the hospital need rebuilding, including the emergency and intensive care units.
He says that cannot be done for $700 million.
“We do need a world-class trauma centre and while we don’t expect that facilities need to be available in the next six years or so, there certainly has to be a planned, staged redevelopment of the Royal Adelaide Hospital,” he said.
“I think it’s a bit disingenuous to just talk about building the beds when we know we need the rest of the hospital also needs to be rebuilt.”
A spokesman for the Liberal Party says it is not surprising the peak medical body would be pushing for more money.
Labor has pledged $125 million toward more refurbishing work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, if it is returned to office.
There would be a new three-storey building to accommodate an emergency department, an outpatients area and nine operating theatres.