Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Act ensures hospital rebuild will keep to schedule

Act ensures hospital rebuild will keep to schedule

Special legislation designed to ensure timely recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to deliver appropriate Christchurch health facilities to meet an expected spike in demand in 2018.

The Ministry of Health has asked Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee to exercise his powers under section 27 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 to ensure prompt delivery of the city’s new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital.

“This building will house a range of essential health services, including a new accident and emergency department,” Mr Brownlee says.

“Serious damage to the Canterbury District Health Board’s facilities combined with a growing and aging population means existing facilities will not be sufficient for Christchurch’s population by 2018.

“Using the CER Act will ensure the new building is operational from April 2018.”

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the Acute Services Building will deliver new operating theatres, 400 beds, purpose-designed facilities for children, an expanded intensive care unit, a state-of-the-art radiology department, a new emergency department and a rooftop helipad.

“For the building to open as planned, work on its construction must begin as soon as possible.

“Preliminary design work has only just been completed due to the complex nature of facilities and services housed within the building, and that means the Ministry of Health has only recently been able to seek planning approval for its construction,” Mr Ryall says.

The Acute Services Building would normally require land use consents from Christchurch City Council, because the proposal is a ‘non-complying activity’ under the existing Special Purpose (Hospital) Zone provisions in the City Plan. Using section 27 of the CER Act changes the provision of the City Plan so no land use consents are required.

“The normal process of getting that approval through would take too long and the new building would not be finished in time,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This is exactly why we have the CER Act, and using section 27 in this scenario is the most appropriate way to speed an otherwise lengthy process up.

“In considering the Ministry of Health’s request I have taken careful regard to the potential for effects on Hagley Park and the surrounding environment, and have put in place some mitigating conditions to reflect that.

“I have considered very carefully the use of section 27 measured against the recovery purposes of the Act.

“Given the Canterbury District Health Board has had to re-evaluate site usage and requirements post earthquake damage, and the gap between now and the predicted need is rapidly closing, I consider ensuring Christchurch has a fully capable and functioning hospital by 2018 justifies the use of section 27,” Mr Brownlee says.

The new Acute Services Building is being constructed at the rear of Christchurch Women’s Hospital and will adjoin the existing hospital. The first on-site phase of the project involves enabling works to clear and prepare the site for construction, and that will begin in September.

Redevelopment of Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals is a $650 million government investment in Canterbury health facilities – the biggest ever investment in public health facilities in New Zealand.

For more information visit: www.cdhb.health.nz/What-We-Do/Projects-Initiatives/Facilities-Development-Project/Pages/default.aspx

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis.

The victim’s families and the victim have requested that their privacy be respected and will not be making a statement at this time.

Police have formed a picture of what has occurred yesterday and are appealing for further information and sightings .... More

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news