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Chief Minister: We WILL debate the hospital... sort of

Chief Minister: We WILL debate the hospital... sort of

Monday 07 November 2022

Chief Minister: We WILL debate the hospital... sort of

Monday 07 November 2022


The Chief Minister has turned down a challenge to take part in a live debate about the hospital project from the politician previously in charge of it - telling him to save his questions for the States Assembly and another pre-planned public event.

Responding to a letter from Deputy Lyndon Farnham, Deputy Kristina Moore said Minsters would instead be taking part in a public question and answer session on 15 November which will be available for islanders to view "on a number of public platforms".

Deputy Farnham, who held political responsibility for the Our Hospital project under the previous government, had written to Deputy Moore suggesting that they broadcast a live debate between them using the government's studio in the Parade.

He issued the challenge following publication of a review of the plans, which recommended abandoning the proposed single-site hospital at Overdale in favour of a hybrid scheme that would also include the existing Gloucester Street site and adjacent land at Kensington Place.

Deputy Moore said that she "welcomed" Deputy Farnham's invitation – but added that the States Assembly provided the "appropriate forum" for political debate.
'We would welcome your written and oral questions at forthcoming sittings, and your participation in the debate on future proposals," she continued.

"We will be hosting a public question and answer session on the evening of Tuesday 15 November, which will be broadcast on a number of public platforms. We will be inviting members of the public, interested groups and healthcare staff to ask questions of a panel of ministers, chaired by an independent moderator."

She added that the session would be the "first of many opportunities" for public engagement on the subject.

"We must deliver healthcare facilities that present value for money, are right for Jersey and make the most effective use of our island's available land. We are absolutely committed to delivering these new facilities, and construction will begin within two years.

"Transparent and effective public engagement is critical to this government. We have been clear on the progress of the review and its findings, and have committed to increased transparency as we develop proposals for a multi-site model," she said.

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Posted by Private Individual on
It's a pity Farnham never did the same thing when he was debating the site. Most of the states members that supported Farnhams folly were kicked out at the last election. Enough said!
Posted by Peter Huntingdon Bewers on
What Deputy Farham cannot take into account is that his Hospital policy was promoted by the last First Minster which was rejected by the Electorate, Deputy Moore clearly stated her views on the Ovedale Hospital project at the time of the recently held Elections and got overwhelming support for a review.
With the huge cost of borrowing Money today we Jersey folks have had a lucky break , because borrowing half a Billion Pounds could put Jersey in a serious financial state,
In the past, we have always tried to spend carefully and that policy should continue. Overdale is out of the way and will never be as convenient as Gloucester Street.
A Two Hospital Plan was not carefully considered in the past, but many including myself feel it is possibly the most sensible.
Posted by EdWilliams4 on
Apparently the noisy groups of 'vested interests' as mentioned many times by our Health Minister won't give up. They cannot accept the failure of the most expensive local hospital project in Europe if not in the world. It had been very clear from the beginning that Overdale location for a monster, super-expensive hospital defied common sense. They were pushing forward against all odds, against so many voices. It is time to move on - the islanders voted for another democratically elected government and it will decide the course. The voters did not want Deputy Farnham to realise his dream hospital on the hill project for £800M+, or rather at £1.4Bn including the previous low interest rates.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Construction will begin in two years ? I very much doubt that C.M.
Posted by EdWilliams4 on
Apparently the noisy groups of 'vested interests' as mentioned many times by our Health Minister won't give up. They cannot accept the failure of the most expensive local hospital project in Europe if not in the world. It had been very clear from the beginning that Overdale location for a monster, super-expensive hospital defied common sense. They were pushing forward against all odds, against so many voices. It is time to move on - the islanders voted for another democratically elected government and it will decide the course. The voters did not want Deputy Farnham to realise his dream hospital on the hill project for £800M+, or rather at £1.4Bn including the previous low interest rates.
Posted by Bob Wareing-Jones on
I do feel this is a bit of grandstanding by Deputy Farnham. He was of course in charge and now he is not and not best pleased about that. We elect our politicians and expect them to debate the major issues of the day within the assembly not via the media. This challenge by Farnham will not help one iota and just be another form of electioneering despite the fact the election is over! The Minister will need to bring a new proposition to the States to agree a new way forward for the much needed hospital build and this is when all member's will have a chance to argue their case contre or pour. That’s the democratic system. Sadly, the endless debate has already cost the tax payer millions of £££s and this cannot continue. We are already facing severe economic challenges across the public sector and the budget the Treasury Minister is working with and on is looking pretty stretched. Deputy Farnham has a right to hold his own views and has the privilege to air them in the assembly. Attempting to garner support for his case via the use of a televised or broadcasted public debate is not the way to go. We had all that in June. Now its time for the government to govern, make the tough decisions, be good stewards of the tax payers money and fund within our means and, get on and build our much needed hospital ASAP.
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