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London complex was fatally flawed, says spending watchdog

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1234-i (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1234
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Plans to build a world class healthcare facility and research centre in west London collapsed last year at a cost of £15m (€22m; $28m) because they were ill conceived from the start, says the UK government's spending watchdog.

    The Paddington Health Campus, which was proposed in 1998 and approved by the Department of Health in 2000, was meant to replace three run-down London hospitals—St Mary's, the Royal Brompton, and Harefield—with state of the art facilities, in the Paddington Basin. It was also intended to create new research facilities for Imperial College and the National Heart and Lung Institute.

    The …

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