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Tories call for Paddington hospital debate

SHADOW health minister Andrew Lansley is calling for a parliamentary debate on the troubled £800 million Paddington Health Campus following a highly critical Government report.

Conservative MP John Wilkinson, who originally called for the investigation, labelled the review one of the 'most damning reports I've ever read on a public sector project in the NHS' The report, written by the National Audit Office, Treasury and Department of Health, said the original outline business case for the deal underestimated costs and did not cover major aspects including crucial facilities management space.

This resulted in a £470 million jump in the value of the west London project, more than double the original figure of £360 million.

Mr Wilkinson told Construction News: 'It reveals a tale of managerial incompetence and lack of control of staggering proportions.The whole future of the project is now in doubt.'

Mr Lansley questioned the role of the Department of Health and North West London Strategic Health Authority in the management of the scheme.

He said: 'This illustrates how detached the project had become.'