26 Feb 2015

Southern DHB wants $25m for hospital

6:01 pm on 26 February 2015

The Southern District Health Board has confirmed it is making a $25 million request for urgent new facilities while it plans the rebuild of Dunedin Hospital.

Dunedin Hospital.

Dunedin Hospital. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

Consultant reports written for the board last year found the existing building was no longer fit for purpose and would need up to $50 million spent to keep it running for a decade more while a new hospital centre was developed.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said he expected Cabinet to consider the bid, to replace parts of the 50-year-old Clinical Services Building, in the middle of the year.

Dr Coleman said he was open to the DHB's bid.

The DHB this afternoon released a statement confirming it was working on a business case to go to the Capital Investment Committee of the National Health Board.

It said the bid for about $25 million would include a new intensive care unit and new gastro-intestinal facility.

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