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Islanders split on site of future hospital

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An opinion survey has revealed that islanders are divided on the location of Jersey's future hospital.

51% of the 1000 islanders surveyed, said that building on the current site is the right decision, whilst 47% disagreed.

The States of Jersey used a UK polling company to gather opinion on the new hospital and say they found strong support a new hospital.

of islanders say the government should build a new hospital as soon as possible
of islanders say Jersey doesn't need a new hospital
of islanders say a new hospital would be a waste of money

Although nearly half of islanders disagree with building a new hospital on the current site, the polling company have concluded that ⅔ of islanders either agree on the location, or say they would accept the location if the hospital is built as soon as possible.

The Health Minister says this survey ends the debate over the location of the new hospital.

The site has been agreed by Ministers, the States Assembly and the planning inspector, the Scrutiny Panel’s independent advisers confirmed that the selection process was robust, and two-thirds of the public state that we should get on and build there rather than delay any further.

While the survey shows a slim majority of the public in favour of the chosen site, it also shows that a third of those who don’t like the location would still rather we build there than delay.

This, together with the 80% who say we should build a new hospital as soon as possible, is a powerful mandate for the hospital project to get on with it.

– Senator Andrew Green, Minister for Health & Social Services

Revised plans for the hospital will be presented to the States on 12th March.

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