Glan Clwyd Hospital project leader suspended


Mike Williams

A MEMBER of the team working on a major North Wales hospital revamp has been suspended because the project has gone over budget.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board confirmed that one of the team members overseeing the £90 million Ysbyty Glan Clwyd revamp was suspended, but the development work is still ongoing.

A health board spokesperson said: “We identified that some costs were exceeding initial estimates and the reasons for this are being investigated.

“The redevelopment of Glan Clwyd Hospital is a major programme funded by the Welsh Government and it is essential that costs are carefully managed.

“While this investigation is being carried out the health board’s director of planning has taken on the direct project management of the scheme.”

The redevelopment project was launched in 2008 to strip asbestos from the hospital buildings, introduce a slew of new departments and modernise facilities.

Work commenced in 2012, and the whole project is due to be completed by 2018.  The spokesperson added: “The next stage of the scheme sees the opening of the new Emergency Quarter on June 6.

“This is a major landmark in the programme and is one of the core elements of the hospital’s redesign to improve the flow of emergency patients into the hospital.”

Shadow Health Minister and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said: “This redevelopment has been a long time coming. The people of Conwy and Denbighshire deserve a Glan Clwyd Hospital that has a state of the art unit that can cater for their needs.”

Mr Millar added it would be unwise to comment on the “internal matter” of the suspended project team member.

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