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£800 million hospital may be scrapped

AN £800 million health project in west London may have to be scrapped following a Government review.

The report into the Paddington Health Campus, published by the Department of Health, HM Treasury and National Audit Office on Tuesday, highlights a raft of shortcomings including 'inadequate governance arrangements' Critics of the scheme will be angered by the finding that the scheme originally drawn up in 2000 'was not deliverable' Millions of pounds have since been spent developing these plans.

The study recommends that a new outline business case be drawn up for health investment across the whole of west London.

A Government source said: 'This does not mean a new business case for the health campus.This is much broader than that.'

The study does give the go-ahead for the project team to consider use of a commercial site near St Mary's Hospital in Paddington owned by developer Chelsfield.