Capital & Coast District Health Board has confirmed that Wellington hospital is ‘plagued’ with leaky pipes, which must be repaired.
While the DHB is certain it can carry out works without affecting patients, Radio NZ reports that some staff are concerned that the already cash-strapped DHB will not be able to fund the repairs without cutting costs in other areas, with some adverse impact on patients and staff.
The DHB may seek additional funding, or look to recover its costs from parties involved with the construction. The plumbing is less than 8 years old, and was signed off as code compliant at that time. This is within the ten year long-stop set out in the Building Act to pursue claims in relation to building work. However, as is common in cases involving defects discovered some time after construction, it is understood that the company that did the original installation has folded and been struck off.
Like many NZ homeowners following the leaky building crisis, the DHB may have to look to other means (or other parties) to cover its repair cost.