Noel Whelan: Children’s hospital report only scratches the surface of this scandal

PwC review of the tendering process cannot be the last word on what went wrong

‘One thing the report on the cost overrun at the national children’s hospital makes clear is that ‘red flags’ were missed from the outset.’

‘One thing the report on the cost overrun at the national children’s hospital makes clear is that ‘red flags’ were missed from the outset.’

When the controversy about the costings for the national children’s hospital was at its most intense in early February, the Government survived by kicking for touch. It pointed to a report on the project which it had commissioned from accountancy firm PwC as being where answers would ultimately be found about what went wrong and how.

That report was published this week. For its type it is admirably short. It runs to 80 pages, with an additional 20 pages of appendices.

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