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Future Hospital Review Panel Established

12 September 2017

The Chairmen's Committee has established a Review Panel to scrutinise the Future Hospital Project.

The Review Panel has been set up following the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel's review of P.130/2016 Future Hospital Funding Strategy.  During the review of P.130/2016 the Panel's advisor suggested that the debate should be delayed until the project costs and risks became clearer. Therefore, the Treasury Minister withdrew the Proposition and agreed to wait until the autumn, when a more detailed business case was completed as well as an updated budget and greater clarity on the planning process.

The Treasury Minister advised that Members would be invited to debate the business case, updated budget and funding strategy together in the autumn.

The Review Panel is working towards the current timescale that the Proposition(s) will be lodged in October and debated in November. Although the Review Panel has not received any formal documentation in relation to the review, it has drafted the following Terms of Reference which are indicative at this stage:

  1. To examine the Outline Business Case documentation and the 5 case model:

    1. The Strategic Case
    2. The Economic Case
    3. The Commercial Case
    4. The Financial Case
    5. The Management Case

  2. To establish how services provided within the future hospital fit into the wider health profile

  3. To determine the flexibility of the new hospital in relation to future demand

  4. To consider the decision-making process in relation to the funding proposals with particular reference to the level of identified expenditure (£466 million)

  5. To assess the appropriateness of the funding proposals and any associated risks

Deputy Simon Brée, Chairman of the Review Panel, said: "This is such an important topic to scrutinise and even though the timescale is extremely short we are looking forward to working cooperatively with the Chief Minister and his Ministers. The Panel has been corresponding with the Chief Minister and has asked to be provided with an early copy of the Proposition or Propositions and supporting documents so that we are able to begin our work."