Hospital building delays are “a thing of the past”

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1852
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Escalating costs and expensive delays in building NHS hospitals are things of the past, the health secretary, Frank Dobson, declared last week.

    In what could be a hostage to fortune as the NHS embarks on the biggest hospital building programme in its history, Mr Dobson was responding to the latest catalogue of construction errors in the redevelopment of Guy's Hospital, London, as reported by the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.

    The cost of the Guy's phase …

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