Delays at Pinderfields

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HOSPITAL services planned to open at the new £260m Pinderfields have been delayed.

The transfer of services from the old hospital began in June last year and the transfer was expected to finish this month.

But the remainder, which includes A&E, adult inpatient wards and the new specialist care baby unit, could be delayed until March as the building has not been independently certified.

The hospital is being built under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal with Consort Healthcare and Balfour Beatty.

Julia Squire, chief executive at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our partners are working hard to have the rest of the building ready for handover as soon as possible.”

The Trust said the delay would have some financial consequences due to savings it expected to make because the new hospitals are due to be run more efficiently.

The delay is expected to last up to six weeks.