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


Extra $9.7m for West Coast redevelopment

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health

27 May 2016

Extra $9.7m for West Coast redevelopment

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has approved an extra $9.7 million in funding to ensure the new Grey Base Hospital is a high quality facility with construction starting next week.

“The Government is committed to the Grey Base Hospital redevelopment and providing the services that the community needs,” says Dr Coleman.

“Since February, the Ministry of Health and the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has worked closely with Fletcher Construction to finalise design costs after estimates came in over budget.

“Competitive pricing for subcontractors has taken the budget to $77.8 million which is $9.7 million above the original budget. The main driver of the extra costs are the result of the competition with the Canterbury rebuild.

“The Government is investing additional funding to ensure the service and design requirements for the new hospital remain unchanged from what was agreed with the DHB following consultation and clinical input.

“I made a commitment that construction would begin in May, and this extra funding will ensure that site work starts on Tuesday.”

The new hospital is expected to open in 2018. The 8,500sqm facility includes 56 inpatient beds, three operating theatres, and an integrated family health centre to support the delivery of primary healthcare services.

It will also house and support the delivery of other clinical services including a 24/7 emergency department, critical care unit, acute and planned medical and surgical services, maternity services, and outpatient care.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election