Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospital Fiasco

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospital Fiasco

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THEcollapse of the project to rebuild St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, the Royal Brompton and the Harefield Hospital was unfortunate for patients. But ministers' acceptance of a damning report on the fiasco raises serious questions about the Department of Health's ability to manage such large projects.

A series of blunders in the handling of the project were recently identified in a highly critical report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The plan for the Paddington health campus would have replaced the three hospitals' ageing buildings and brought in research facilities attached to Imperial College.

After two years of work and [pounds sterling]15 million in consultancy and other expenses, however, it was scrapped. Those responsible had been told by Westminster council in 2002 that they did not have enough land for the proposed "health campus".

Meanwhile, though the projected costs had trebled to nearly [pounds sterling]900 million, the project was not abandoned until 2005. …

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