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One of SA Health’s most senior bureaucrats, who oversaw much of the $1.83 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital project, has resigned.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CAHLN) CEO Dr David Panter will step down from his position to become chief executive at aged care provider ECH.

Panter was appointed CEO of CALHN in 2012 and was Project Director of the new RAH, up until July last year.

In a memo to all Health staff, SA Health chief executive David Swan commended Panter’s work over more than 10 years as an executive in the department.

“His work during this time, and particularly his innovation and significant commitment to planning the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, has helped to shape the culture of how we deliver our health services,” the memo reads.

The resignation comes amidst a shakeup of the public service with the termination of 11 senior executives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet announced yesterday.

Premier Jay Weatherill told InDaily yesterday’s decision was entirely a matter for his new chief executive, Kym Winter-Dewhirst, who he said was fine-tuning the department as an “engine room of policy”.

“It was his decision, not my decision, but I fully support it,” Weatherill said.

“He wants to streamline the agency so that it’s best-placed to perform the functions of supporting me and my leadership role.”

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