Pro­jected cost of new hospi­tal rises by an­other $25 mil­lion

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

TRURO (CP) — The pro­jected cost of a new re­gional hospi­tal in cen­tral Nova Sco­tia has in­creased again — by al­most $25 mil­lion.

The to­tal cost of the Truro fa­cil­ity is now ex­pected to be al­most $180 mil­lion.

Health Min­is­ter Mau­reen MacDon­ald says the in­creas­ing costs are a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for a deficit-rid­den gov­ern­ment. But MacDon­ald says of­fi­cials will work hard to bring the project to com­ple­tion while keep­ing costs un­der con­trol.

A lo­cal health of­fi­cial says tenders for the me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal com­po­nents of the project have come in way above bud­get.

When the project was an­nounced in De­cem­ber 2005, the price tag was set at $104 mil­lion.

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