Christchurch Hospital’s six-bed wards in the Parkside building have been deemed “clinically unacceptable” by senior doctors.
Money set aside to refurbish “third world” hospital wards was taken to settle a dispute with a contractor on Christchurch’s new hospital building.
Documents, released under the Official Information Act after a complaint to the Ombudsman, reveal the Ministry of Health reached a $13.8 million settlement with the head contractor for the new Waipapa Hospital building in Christchurch in February last year.
This settlement was to cover new items not previously in scope, avoid going to court and accelerate the already massively delayed project.
To pay for the settlement, the ministers of health and finance in February 2019 allowed the ministry to use $13m allocated under a previous budget to refurbish cramped, six-bed wards in Parkside,