New Royal Liverpool Hospital five years behind schedule

A report into the completion of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital after the collapse of Carillion says work is five years behind schedule and well over budget.

It is now estimated it will take another two years to finish with no opening date yet set.

The 646-bed Royal Liverpool, which was due to open in 2017, is now predicted to cost over £1 billion to build and run, compared with the original £746 million, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

It's now predicted to cost over £1 billion. Credit: ITV News

The NAO said there were significant construction problems and delays before Carillion went into liquidation in January 2018 but the contractor's collapse created more delay.

The full extent of construction problems at Royal Liverpool began to emerge after Carillion collapsed and over the course of 2018, said the NAO.

Watch Tim Scott's report here: