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States must avoid 'political point-scoring' in new-hospital project

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THE entire States Assembly will have to work together and avoid ‘political point-scoring’ to deliver a new hospital, the Chief Minister has said.

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At a Scrutiny panel hearing on Friday afternoon, Chief Minister John Le Fondré, alongside States chief executive Charlie Parker, Assistant Health Minister Hugh Raymond and director general for health Caroline Landon, outlined the next steps to move the project forward.

The new hospital has been hampered by setbacks after two consecutive planning applications were rejected, prompting the States to rescind plans to build on the current hospital site.

Senator Le Fondré told the panel that a more community-based approach to health was being explored, which could reduce the size and scope of the new building.

He said: ‘We are trying to do things differently. If we work together that is achievable.

‘If we have political point-scoring and not working together then that target and the deadlines become harder.

‘The objective is to work together to achieve something that is good for the Island.

‘I do think we have an opportunity here in that the fact that the scope of the whole thing is going to be different from where we were seven years ago.’

A new political oversight group has been set up to work on the project chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham.

The Scrutiny panel comprised of Senator Sarah Ferguson, Deputies Rob Ward, Kirsten Morel and David Johnson and Constable Mike Jackson.

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