9 Feb 2017

Legal action over leaky hospital stayed

3:24 pm on 9 February 2017

Two companies being sued over leaky copper pipes at Wellington Hospital are seeking to stop the legal action.

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Wellington Hospital was completed in 2008. Photo: RNZ

MPs at Parliament were told yesterday the pinhole-sized leaks were still occurring, at a rate of up to five a week.

Capital and Coast district health board began legal proceedings last year after discovering extensive leaks in hot and cold-water pipes throughout the eight-year-old regional hospital.

The deficit-plagued DHB said yesterday it was looking at how to fix the leaks, which continue, and at the cost, and other implications.

It told RNZ today that the main contractor, Fletchers, and the maker of the pipes, Crane Copper, applied in June last year to have the legal proceedings at the High Court stopped.

That action had prevented any progress being made on the proceedings while the strike-out applications were dealt with, the DHB said.

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