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Blog: Throwing millions down the drain on Jersey's hospital is declared a success

Today's debate could see all options reconsidered. Credit: ITV Channel TV

With £42 million spent already and not a brick laid for Jersey’s new hospital, there’s pressure on the island’s politicians to make progress on the biggest capital project in the Bailiwick's history.

Progress, today, could take the form of scrapping everything and going back to square one.

Deputy Russell Labey wants the current States decision to back a build next to the existing one rescinded, though that wouldn't stop it appearing on any future shortlist.

What's not clear is just how much of the £42 million spent on preparatory work, consultants, plans and so on will go to waste. A very well-placed source tells me £26 million will immediately go "down the drain".

Add to the Labey plan, the support of the Chief Minister. He's made it apparent he'd like a hospital built elsewhere, and has thrown the Council of Ministers' collective support to Deputy Labey's proposition.

He's also promising a swift search for a new shortlist of sites, and that the process will be open and transparent.

But what that means in practice is still a mystery. Will it take weeks, months or years? His current commitment is to have the new hospital built somewhere in Jersey, and open before 2030.

Given this has already been knocking on since 2012, the project remains in critical condition.

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