Tufton wants penalties for cost overruns on gov't contracts
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is calling for Government contracts to carry penalties for cost and time overruns.
His call coincides with the nearly $40 million cost overrun on a wastewater treatment project for several health facilities.
Tufton says the wastewater treatment project with a start date of April 2014 should have been completed 21 months later.
To date, work at the Sav-la-mar, Noel Holmes and Percy Junor hospitals and the Ulster Spring and Fellowship health centres have been completed.
But Tufton says the Sav-la-mar and Noel Holmes hospitals were completed 15 months after the original end date.
He says clients are being short-changed when projects are not completed within deadlines and budget.
Tufton complained about the overrun at the handing over ceremony for wastewater treatment systems at the Noel Holmes hospital in Hanover today.