The consortium building Tenerife’s new south hospital, headed by construction giant, FCC, has, once again, halted all work at the site, citing a lack of payment from government.
Work stopped at the site at Mojon two days ago and heavy vehicles began removing all building materials from the troubled project, which is already years behind schedule.
No figure has, as yet, been put on how much is owed to the constructors and there is no indication as to when work on the much-needed facility will resume.
Work was restarted on the troubled project on April 4 last year when a new contract, valued at more than 25.9 million euros, was awarded to the latest group of builders, with a promise from the Canary executive that the project would be finished next year.
In fact, as far back as June 2008, the president of the Canary Islands’ government, Pauline Rivero, was giving assurances that the project would be finished by the end of 2011.
Hardly surprising then that his more recent claims were, rightly as it turns out, taken with a pinch of salt.
In June this year, Rivero guaranteed work on the project would not stop this year under any circumstances and that the money would be found come what may.
Meanwhile, completed parts of the long-running building project are already beginning to show signs of falling into disrepair and local people in the south of Tenerife continue to wait for a hospital first mooted more than 30 years ago.