Hospital funding indecision ‘has not delayed the project’

Hospital

UNCERTAINTY over how to fund the new hospital has not delayed the project, although a decision is needed soon, the Health Minister has said.

Plans for the new hospital, which it is estimated could cost as much as £466 million, were unveiled last year. However, how the project is funded is yet to be agreed by States Members, with the debate being delayed three times since January.

At an open event for Islanders to learn more about the new hospital project, Health Minister Andrew Green said there had been no knock-on impact on the project so far but said that he hoped funding proposals would be finalised during next week’s States sitting.

A planning application for the new hospital, which is to be built on the site of the current hospital, is set to be lodged next month.

Senator Green said: ‘We have sufficient funding already approved to carry on with the planning stage.

‘If it [funding] is not sorted soon it possibly could cause some delay because towards the end of the year we want to start work on Westaway Court, and that needs money, but at the moment I am not concerned.’

Westaway Court is currently used as accommodation for medical staff, but the plan is to pull down the existing building, which is on the opposite side of Parade Gardens from the Hospital, and replace it with a three-storey block which will become the permanent home for some out-patient services, including the cardiology and respiratory departments.

Treasury Minister Alan Maclean has put forward plans to borrow about £275 million, with the rest coming from the Strategic Reserve.

 

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Comments for: "Hospital funding indecision ‘has not delayed the project’"

Timbo Slice

I see the dismissed site option of Warwick Farm (ideal as less properties to be bought, away from crazy town traffic, can be built in phases, parking spaces and garden options, existing town hospital site can be part-sold and small site retained for an A&E branch and shuttle-bus) because it is a "green zone" now has construction work signage.

If there's one thing the States politicians aren't short of its brown paper envelopes.

EthanE

have you actually read any of the detailed site option documents ?- Warwick was a total non runner. No possibility of an en effective modern hospital by any stretch of the imagination

Peoples Park was the only option that would have given Jersey a first class, modern, clinically designed, and optimally orientated hospital.

the biggest disgrace in this saga is letting a small minded, spiteful Constable and a handful of dog walkers and NIMBYs prevent Jersey from having the hospital it needs.

the current project will deliver a fine facility but not as good as the Park by some distance

Katfud

Too true, shame on Green for not fighting for what was clearly the best site and shame on Mezec and reform Jersey for using the site for political gain against the best interests of the island.