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Dunedin Hospital rebuild 'years behind'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

Labour's Dunedin North MP David Clark says the city's hospital rebuild is years behind schedule and the government has broken a commitment it made in 2014.

He's brought two petitions to parliament, one asking the government to rebuild Dunedin Hospital and the other asking for work to start before the September 23 election.

"Years have passed since the government first committed to the rebuild," he said.

"Before the 2014 general election I asked the then health minister, Tony Ryall, when a decision would be made - he said he expected the issue to be decided when a business case went to cabinet towards the end of that year.

"To date, no business case has been produced."

Dr Clark says that "unbelievably" a full business case is now further away than it was in 2014.

"Recently we were told that Dunedin people should expect an initial business case mid-year this year, and a fuller business case in mid-2018."

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