Children’s hospital contractor submits claims for ‘hundreds of millions of euro’ extra

BAM, the main contractor on the National Children’s Hospital, has submitted claims for extra costs worth “hundreds of millions of euro”, the Oireachtas health committee will hear.

David Gunning, the chief officer of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB), will tell the committee on Wednesday that BAM “has been underforming as regards project execution and has been extremely assertive as regards claims.

“Since the commencement of this project there have been hundreds of claims for hundreds of millions of euro and the sheer volume and nature of claims on this project is consuming a significant amount of executive and project team time.”

The committee will hear that in some instances, these claims have been paid, but also that BAM has being making claims for funding “on matters that we believe fall within its contractual obligations”.

He will also tell TDs and Senators that it is using “all levers” available

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