Euan McGrory: Could Sick Kids building problems not have been foreseen?

Any parent will tell you how lucky we are to have the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 6:25 am
The new Sick Kids hospital has been delayed further.
The new Sick Kids hospital has been delayed further.

I am eternally grateful for the care they have given to my family over the years. And I know from your letters and online messages that I am far from alone.

There is no question that the hospital’s dedicated staff offer first class care - despite the massively outdated facilities in which they continue to work.

Staff were originally told they would be moving into their state-of-the-art new home at Little France six years ago.

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The wrangles over land which were responsible for much of the initial delay were very difficult to foresee.

The same cannot be said so easily of the latest hold-ups which relate to what seem to be basic design features.

It is hugely frustrating for patients and parents to hear that problems such as a shortage of fire alarms and insufficient drainage are being identified only at this stage.

Building a hospital is far more complex than building a house, but could these issues really not have been foreseen earlier?

It is incumbent on the contractors IHSL Ltd and Multiplex to get around the table with NHS bosses to find a solution, commit to a new opening date and pull out all the stops to make it is delivered this time.