VICENC Thomas, Balearic Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs, has said that the Government is worried that the building syndicate for the Son Espases hospital has appealed to the Balearic High Court.

The syndicate, formed by OHL, Bovis Lend Lease, Instalaciones Inabensa, and Construccio Ferra Tur, have appealed to the high court to continue with the building work.

Thomas recalled that the leader of the Balearic Government, Francesc Antich, has asked for a legal report as to whether the Balearic Government can or cannot proceed with the temporary suspension of the construction of the “new Son Dureta” hospital in Son Espases and that “once we know what the report says we will study all possible actions to take”.

The head of Health and Consumer Affairs lamented the decision of the former Government, led by Jaume Matas, to start the construction of Son Espases, instead of constructing the new Son Dureta in its existing location, “a decision which was at the time agreed by all the political parties”. The project was designed by the architect Ruiz Yebenes.

Thomas recalled that the parties which form the present Government have reiterated their intention to construct the new Son Dureta in its current location. “The truth is that the situation we are facing is not easy”, but very “delicate”, said the Minister.
However, he added that the citizens did not need to worry, “because we are conscious of the necessity to construct the new Son Dureta”, and with regard to this, he said that “we will work hard to find the best solution in the interests of all the residents of the islands”.

The syndicate of companies led by OHL are asking, in their application to the High Court, that they continue with the work or at least the Court should order the Government to pay them a compensation figure of 63 million euros in damages.

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