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Wagga Wagga upgrade awarded to Bathurst bungler.

The company responsible for project managing the bungled redevelopment of Bathurst Base Hospital has been awarded the contract to upgrade Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

The May announcement to give the $275 million project to Capital Insight has angered Bathurst medical staff.

An extensive occupational health and safety inspection conducted by the NSWNA in February (see April 2008, The Lamp) listed hundreds of safety deficiencies including a car park that cannot accommodate ambulances and a mortuary with inadequate ventilation.

A spokesman for Capital Insight claimed the allegations of mismanagement were wrong and the company had actually received 'critical acclaim' for its work at Orange Base Hospital.

The NSW Health Minister Reba Meagher said lessons had been learnt from the Bathurst case, which will be applied to future cases.

Greens health spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon said the company's history should have ruled it out of contention.

'Surely the incompetence exhibited in the disastrous development of Bathurst Hospital should have rung warning bells with NSW Health,' Ms Rhiannon said.

'In announcing the winning tender, NSW Health left the Bathurst redevelopment off the list of hospital works completed by Capital Insight.'
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Publication:The Lamp
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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