Dear Friends, please pardon our long silence since sending our last Bulletin 21 to you in June.
In the interim, we have had our elections and a new Assembly and Council of Ministers is in place. Deputy Kristina Moore, our new Chief Minister, has set out a programme for her administration's first 100 days in office. Most importantly from our perspective, the new administration is undertaking a review of the Our Hospital Project which we strongly recommended in June, The plans for the New Hospital have been paused and the results of the review are due to be delivered by 20 October. We will comment on the review in progress in a forthcoming Bulletin. >Read More
Copyright ITV 3rd September 2022
Deputy Tom Binet explains the reasoning behind the decision to change direction of the new hospital and its plans. The £804.5m hospital at Overdale is now officially off the table because the island can no longer afford it, the Infrastructure Minister has said. The Government has said that the project as previously envisaged, and given planning permission for, is no longer viable and will not be built.
1st Sept 2022 - The £804.5m hospital at Overdale is officially off the table because the island can no longer afford it, the Infrastructure Minister has said. The Government has said that the project as previously envisaged, and given planning permission for, is no longer viable and will not be built. >Read More
This week is an important week for the Jersey Care Model (JCM). We shall be told more about it in a series of public meetings. In St Helier Town Hall on Tuesday 26th April at 12.00 pm, at St Martin's Public Hall on Saturday 30th April at 10.00 am and at St Brelade's Parish Hall on Tuesday 3 May at 6.30 pm. There will also be a virtual meeting on 5 May at 7 pm. It is important that we should attend to find out what is planned for our health care services in the future and to ask questions. >Read More
Our Hospital Team has at last decided to follow the official appeal procedures against the Planning Committee's unanimous decision not to allow the demolition of all existing buildings on the Overdale site. >Read More
A Planning Committee hearing on application P/2021/1398 for the demolition of all the buildings now at the Overdale site is scheduled for Thursday 3rd February. However a surprise announcement from the Planning Department, published in Friday's Jersey Evening Post, says that Planning would now support a condition to that application not to pull down the modern buildings at Overdale until there is decision on the planning application for the new hospital P/2021/1670 . These buildings are along Westmount Road and include the Poplars, the William Knott building, which houses the Child Development Centre, and the Westmount Centre, where the Samares Ward is located. >Read More
A few days ago Our Hospital Project Team sent around an email to various organisations saying that it wanted to share some information about its new hospital project with the recipients.
We would like to share our point of view too.
The Friends of the New Hospital team would like to share the following information with you as the Overdale Hospital Project Public Inquiry opens on Monday 4 – Friday 8 April 2022. For those of you interested in hearing the Public Inquiry (PI), sharing your feedback and/or asking questions on the project, you may participate by: >Read More
Since 2012, following developments with the Our Hospital (“OH”) Project has been like watching fish swimming in the sea. We have never quite known where the project was headed next. We will do our best to set out some basics on the current direction of the OH Project for you here in our Bulletin 20.
The Government will no longer be opposing a bid to reinstate the full suite of rehabilitation and stroke services that were previously available at Samarès Ward after a crunch Ministerial meeting resulted in a U-turn late last night. >Read More
Dear Friends, Planning Applications are now a major focus for the Friends of Our New hospital team. In order to keep you up to date we shall be sending you short emails each week with news of the most important developments and any other events.
1. The rezoning of Les Quennevais Old School into a Class K medical facility. Planning Application reference P/2021/1139.
2. The demolition of all buildings now at Overdale, including the Westmount Centre with the Samares Ward and the prize winning William Knott Building. Planning Application reference P/2021/1398.
3. The New Hospital at Overdale and the new access road at Westmount P/2021/1670.
Thursday 9th December
All eyes are on the Planning Application Meeting to rezone Les Quennevais Old School into a Class K medical facility.
The open meeting is at St Paul's Centre after the coffee break at 11.00-11.30.
The main objections are:
1. Suitability of a 1960s school building for a modern medical facility.
2. Cost for the conversion of a building for only temporary use. The Housing Minister had already said that the new medical centre will be demolished to make way for housing when the medical facilities are no longer in use (approximately 5 years time).
3. Vehicle access through Les Sable Residential Estate.
4. Parking for residents, staff and patients.
5. Distance and difficulties for those using public transport.
6. An ad-hoc decision that was not foreseen within the Island Plan or even the Draft Island Bridging Plan and which was never debated in the States Assembly.
ALSO - on Wednesday 8th December
The meeting of St Helier Roads Committee meeting is also important. There will be a presentation by Our Hospital Team regarding the transport issues pertaining to the New Hospital at Overdale, including the purchase of Parish property to construct the new road at Westmount.
Dear Chief minister, you and the 26 members of the states who voted against the future hospital review panel’s amendment have now written your re-election manifestos. It is also appropriate at this time to thank Senator Kristina Moore and the scrutiny panel for their time and effort in putting forward a cohesive well-researched amendment. Although it did not gain the full support of all states members, we would like to thank the 22 members that did support it.
Remember, the 26 members that voted against the amendment have promised the people of Jersey the following:
This is your manifesto and the public will now hold you to it.
Supporters at the People's Park
A big thank you to everyone that attended our rally on Saturday, even though the weather was raining heavily many people turned out and supported the event, including the support of local politicians Deputy Inna Gardiner and Senator Kristina Moore.
Don’t forget the next rally is on Tuesday 5, October at 12.30 in the Royal Square. Make your voice heard and support the event.
See you there!
What is the review about? P.80/2021
The Future Hospital Review Panel has committed to undertake a review of the Our Hospital Outline Business Case (OBC) and the accompanying proposition to fund the £804 million project. The review is part of the Panel’s ongoing scrutiny of the Our Hospital Project which, later in 2021, may include a review of the planning application associated with the site.
In November 2020, Overdale was approved by the States Assembly as the preferred site for the new hospital (P.123/2020). Since that date the Council of Ministers brought forward P.167/2020 Our Hospital, Preferred Access Route, which was approved by the States Assembly in early February 2021. The site was approved with a budget envelope of £804 million. It is anticipated planning for the site and the access route will be submitted in November 2021 with approval expected within six months from submission. >Make a Submission
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