Clinical building 'stuffed'

A report showing the clinical services building at Dunedin is ''stuffed'' was received without surprise or disagreement at the Southern District Health Board's hospital committee yesterday.

The Beca peer review assessment says the building is uneconomic to refurbish to a modern hospital standard, and might cost up to $50 million to keep it operational until a new building is completed.

''This building is stuffed,'' board member Richard Thomson said. The assessment was the formal evidence the board had to provide to make a case for the Government to sign off the millions of dollars needed for a new building, he said.

Finance head Peter Beirne told the committee the assessment did not add anything to what board members had been thinking for a long time - the building was unsuitable for long-term use.

Board chairman Joe Butterfield agreed the board had known for a long time of the need for a new building on a different site.

In the meantime, it was ''nonsensical'' to spend more on it than the minimum required, he said.

Board members agreed to only carry out urgent work on the building, and to prioritise the business case for a new building.

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