Multi-site hospital project: £3m spent in two months

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THE government’s New Healthcare Facilities project replacing the previous single-site hospital option has cost more than £3 million in two months.

The project commenced in January 2023 after a £30,000 government review – led by Infrastructure Minister Tom Binet – concluded that the previous Our Hospital plan for an £800m health campus at Overdale should be scrapped in favour of a new multi-site solution.

Now, a response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Law has revealed that, by the end of February, £3.2m had already been spent on the project.

In comparison, a total of £83.8m was spent on the Our Hospital project between its inception in 2019 and its termination in 2022.

This works out as roughly £400,000 spent per month on the Our Hospital project, whereas expenditure on the New Healthcare Facilities project totals about £1.6m per month so far.

The FoI response also revealed that £9.8m of the Our Hospital project’s total expenditure related to direct design and professional fees, broken down as follows:

  • Health planner and clinical design team: £1.4m.

  • Project management office: £3.2m.

  • Cost management consultants: £1.3m.

  • Design quality assurance and NEC supervisor: £1.4m.

  • Property and planning fees consultants: £2.5m.

Spending on the Our Hospital project ended on 31 December 2022, with spending on the New Healthcare Facilities project commencing on 1 January 2023.

So far, £299,000 of the New Healthcare Facilities project spending is related to design and professional fees.

Under current plans, the Island will not have a full suite of new healthcare facilities until 2031.

Previously, the target completion date for a new health campus at Overdale was 2026.

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