Money should stay with hospital, say Libs

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The planned SPIRE project at Canberra Hospital.

CANBERRA Liberals are demanding no money be taken from the SPIRE project following a suggestion that $5 million from the Canberra Hospital project may be reallocated to “corporate functions” within Major Projects Canberra.

Opposition Health spokesperson Vicki Dunne says she will question Chief Minister Andrew Barr on the potential shuffling of money from the Canberra Hospital’s SPIRE project into bureaucratic functions at Public Accounts Committee hearings today.

“How much ACT taxpayers’ money will be taken out of the hospital expansion and put into bureaucratic functions?” Mrs Dunne says.

“There is already deep-seated uncertainty about the future of the hospital expansion due to a series of setbacks including logistical failures, budget blowouts, construction delays and safety concerns.

“The Chief Minister needs to guarantee that every dollar committed to SPIRE will remain in the health system.”


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