Plans to build a new hospital in Jersey could cost taxpayers as much as £100,000 per week if the current timetable is delayed.
The States of Jersey expects to be able to announce the preferred site for the new hospital in September 2020, with planning applications submitted to the Environment Minister in March 2021.
£845,000 has been allocated to fund the project until the end of this year but the States expects that it will cost £7.4 million to complete the 'first phase' of the project, which involves preparing a business case and drawing up the outline planning application.
More than £40 million has already been spent on plans to build a new hospital but a site has never been approved. Peoples Park was ruled out as a site earlier this year, with politicians voting to protect the space for the use of all islanders.
Ministers are also waiting for the approval of the Jersey Care Model, which will inform what kind of hospital the island needs.
Senator Lyndon Farnham, who chairs the Our Hospital Political Oversight Group, says it is vital that the project has transparency.
Deputy Hugh Raymond, the States' Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services and vice chair of the group, says this is an opportunity to deliver the hospital and resolve the situation.
A new 'citizens panel' of between 12 and 24 people will be introduced, to get the views of people as Islanders, service users and members of the community.
The feedback from this will help inform the decision of the future site of the hospital, though members of the panel will not be asked about specific locations.
The Oversight Group are specifically looking for people who have 'no preconceived bias' to avoid the panel being a 'forum for campaigners to press their views.'
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