Hospital funding indecision 'has not delayed the project'

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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.

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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