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NHS criticised for spending quarter of a million on clock

NHS managers have been criticised for spending a quarter of a million pounds on a clock at a hospital in Bristol. It doubles as an art installation - and hangs inside the new multi-million pound building at Southmead.

It shows the time by illuminating a series of rings and bars, but many people have told us it's too complicated to read. The NHS Trust says art can help with patients recovery, but the local MP has today said it's a waste of money. Our Health Correspondant Katie Rowlett reports.

North Bristol NHS Trust says it has now responded to Charlotte Leslie's concerns.

Southmead hospital criticised for expensive clock

NHS managers have been criticised for spending £250,000 on an art installation that doubles up as a clock at a Bristol Hospital.

The complicated light sculpture hangs inside the new multi million pound building at Southmead, which opened last week. The binary clock shows the time through an unusual display of illuminated rings and bars, which represent specific hours and minutes. But there is no explanation of how to read it.