Court cases between NHS trusts and private sector companies are not unusual, but the latest example looks a particularly feisty affair.
Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust has taken legal action against construction giants Lendlease after identifying wide-ranging structural defects across the entire estate at its flagship Cramlington Hospital.
The trust, which is led by former NHS Improvement boss Sir Jim Mackey, is seeking nearly £100m in damages, compensation and remedial works – a huge amount given the fact that the hospital itself cost around £95m to build. At its time of opening, the hospital was hailed as the NHS’ first purpose-built specialist emergency hospital.
Sir Jim made his views on the construction work carried out very clear by telling HSJ there was “no place for this kind of contracting with the public service” and pledging to “make sure we get what we paid for”.
However, this is not a straightforward case involving just two parties.
— to www.hsj.co.uk