09 July 2018
A new Board is being established to review the evidence that supported the previous States Assembly’s decision to build a new hospital on the site of the existing hospital.
The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, explained when seeking election that he supported a new hospital, but that more evaluation was needed before proceeding. The Board will consider how Members reached the conclusion that alternative sites, such as Peoples’ Park, St Saviour’s Hospital, and the Waterfront, were less suitable than Gloucester Street.
The Board will be chaired by Connétable Christopher Taylor and will include Ministers, Assistant Ministers, and other members of the Assembly. Its members will aim to complete their work promptly and report to the Chief Minister with their advice in October.
Senator Le Fondré said: “I believe this will be a constructive way to move forward and deliver a new hospital for Islanders. The Board will report in a transparent manner, so we can make sure that this decision, one of our most important in a generation, is the right decision.”
The Chief Minister committed to establishing a number of boards to bring more States Members into decision making. More boards will be established in other policy areas.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE NEW POLICY DEVELOPMENT BOARD
To consider the available evidence in relation to the decision of the previous States Assembly to support the proposal of the Council of Ministers that the new hospital be located on the existing site, and to do this so with a view to providing assurance over this decision, or raising issues of concern in relation to the evidence that led to this decision.
The Board should do this with a view to:
o Supporting patient care
o Delivering overall value for money for the public purse
In doing this, the Board should:
- Consider the extent to which the evidence supported the conclusion that alternative sites were less suitable or deliverable, including Peoples’ Park, St Saviour’s Hospital, Warwick Farm, Waterfront site (including Jardin de la Mer), Overdale, and a Dual Site solution.
- Provide clear communications over their work and its outcomes, so as to provide the public with assurance.
- Provide opportunity as part of their work for external parties to provide evidence.
Connétable Taylor (Chair); Deputy Richard Renouf; Deputy Trevor Pointon; Deputy Rowland Huelin; Connétable Richard Buchanan (and other Members may be invited).
To undertake initial review of evidence by 31 July 2018, with a view to determining any next steps, and overall, to aim to conclude by the 31 October 2018, to coincide as far as possible with the outcomes of the planning enquiry.
Records and reporting:
The Board will be supported by the Director General, Growth, Housing and Environment, and staff supplied, and provided space to meet at the offices of the Future Hospital Team.
Notes of each meeting will be made, and the conclusions of the board will be provided to the Chief Minister and Infrastructure Minister, who shall supply to the Council of Ministers, and publish thereon.