Hospital Site Shortlist Now Due By Mid-July

Senator Lyndon Farnham announced the revised timetable in the virtual States Assembly sitting.

A shortlist of sites for Jersey's new hospital, that was due to be made available last month, will now be published by mid-July.

Publication has been deferred because of the coronavirus crisis and the demands clinicians are currently under. Senator Lyndon Farnham says it's vital that the project doesn't move on without their input.

Instead of an outline planning application by March 2021, a full planning application will be submitted by September 2021 with a decision on planning consent due by March 2022 - a few months before the next general election.

The full, adjusted timetable is now as follows:

* May-June 2020: Additional due diligence on financial supply chain resiience

* June 2020: Update to the Jersey Care Model that will guide the project.

* July 2020: Shortlist of sites published and appointment of design and delivery partner.

* November 2020 (pushed back from September): States Assembly debate on preferred site and update on the strategic outline case

* May 2021: Outline design, updated strategy outline case including the financing proposition will be brought forward for debate in the States Assembly.

* November 2021: A design outline business case and details for the planning application is due to be ready.

* March/April 2022: Planning consent due.

* After that: Building contract signature and work to start on site.

Chair of the Political Oversight Group, Senator Lyndon Farnham, says the project remains a priority for Jersey and insists this adjusted timetable does not impact the final delivery date for the new hospital.

He accepts there is a risk to this timeline because of how close it comes to the next election, which means further delays can't be afforded.

"It is a timeline that we need to try and stick to which makes it really important that we follow the process very carefully all the way through to avoid delays.

"People in Jersey have put up with far too many delays to this project and I think the States Assembly must be united and determined to not let that happen again." - Deputy Chief Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham, Chair of the Political Oversight Group.


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