“The officials are in the process of going through the outline business case and have come back with a number of questions for their own clarification which we are responding to,” said Foster.
As Partnerships Bulletin reported in July, the trust had been in discussions with the department about issuing a revised business case, after its plans to fund the project entirely through pension funds resulted in just one firm bidding for it.
Hospital bosses had previously planned to deliver the hospital through PFI, but decided to seek an alternative route when the government launched its review of the procurement model, believing a pension fund-backed route could result in the hospital being delivered more quickly.
Last month, the hospital launched a tender for technical advisers for the scheme.
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