Carillion’s Neglected Hospitals
In the middle of January, it became common knowledge that the UK’s 2nd largest construction company, Carillion, had bitten off far more than it could chew – they went through compulsory liquidation.
In short - the company ended because they were inundated with a ridiculous amount of debt.
What did Carillion do?
With their beginnings in the construction industry, Carillion soon became a force to be reckoned with, gaining contracts to build motorways and railways, followed by a move to the commercial and industrial property market.
Carillion became a major player in property management, building hospitals and schools and then increased their portfolio further to a wide range of services – including things as diverse as providing meals and maintenance for schools.
After accumulating debts of a shocking £1.5 billion, they’ve caved and gone under – leaving behind unfinished business in the process.
Despite raking in the profits at one point, after much consideration it was concluded by the government this month that they didn’t warrant financial support.
Carillion’s termination has left more than 20,000 British jobless and their pensions at risk, and has resulted in financial losses for 30,000 of their supplier companies.
Although the losses in the private sector are staggering, the greater concerns for many are the significant contracts Carillion maintained for the government – including the maintenance of nearly 900 schools. Critically, Carillion was the main contractor for the construction of much-needed hospitals, and have left two tragically unfinished building sites:
- Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Sandwell
- Royal Liverpool Hospital
Delays in their construction have been ongoing. The first hospital (costing £350 million) was due to open this October, while the second (costing £335 million) was meant to be up and running by last March.
Postponements had occurred due to construction and technical problems, but now that Carillion is no more, the delays continue - leaving patients to remain suffering poor medical services.
The company took on too much - the Aberdeen bypass was also meant to be done by spring this year and incurred fines for polluting nearby rivers. This and the hospitals were just some of the main reasons for Carillion being swamped in debt.
So what does this mean for people who need medical attention in those areas?
It’s up in the air. The trouble is that the longer it takes for the hospitals to be completed, the longer other medical services in the areas are overstretched. The number of patients needing to be seen to is already high and medical facilities are under pressure. These hospitals need to be finished as soon as possible to elevate it.
The NHS is experiencing its worst winter crisis and the Carillion situation is one of many contributing factors. Hospitals and practices in the areas are packed and with a shortage of staff, leading to all sorts of problems – insufficient support, poor quality of care and potential errors.
No doubt, this could further affect people’s health by bringing about a misdiagnosis, other personal injuries or worsening conditions for patients – a scary thought.
Unfortunately, cases of medical negligence could have been avoided if Carillion had built the hospitals in time as planned, and if others weren’t so stretched.
If you feel you’ve been seriously affected and mistreated in any way medically because of this, which has led you to suffer physical harm or financial loss, then contact us at Accident Line Direct today to speak to one of our advisors obligation-free if you feel we could help you make a claim on your behalf.
Posted in: Medical Negligence on Monday 29 January 2018
by Grace Hickman