The bill for repairing Dunedin Hospital's leaks will be
at least $1 million, Southern District Health Board chairman
Joe Butterfield says.
Mr Butterfield did not have the cost estimate report from
management yet, but it was clear the bill for fixing the
clinical services building would be significant. It included
scaffolding and concrete work.
''Do you realise what scaffolding a building of five storeys
''This is a big job. This is not just some small bit of
repair work that you do for $50,000. This is huge.
''This is going to take months. It is not going to be fixed
in a week.''
The DHB bowed to pressure to repair the hospital after heavy
rain last month caused leaks around surgical operating
theatres. Its approach until then was to patch the problem
while waiting for the hospital rebuild, which will take
Costs would be met from the 2014-15 budget. The financial
stress under which the board operated would not affect the
project, Mr Butterfield said.
''The facts speak for themselves. We can't have leaky
theatres. Everybody knows that. [Health Minister Tony
Ryall's] already agreed that that's the case.''
Earlier this month, Mr Butterfield said he might seek board
members' approval by email to avoid delay. However, yesterday
he said he was waiting until members met on June 5 for
approval of the project. It would not hold up progress; minor
parts of the job had already started.
The Otago Daily Times approached Mr Ryall's office to
ask whether the board would receive extra financial support
to carry out the work, but was referred back to the health