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Auditor orders ODA to open up on programme plans

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) must justify its £9bn funding package by setting out precisely what needs to be done for the 2012 London Olympics, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
The NAO report says the ODA must deliver a detailed statement on the timing and cost of each piece of infrastructure and their legacy use.

'This would provide a basis for accountability to parliament and the public by spelling out what is to be delivered, in terms of both the Olympic venues and infrastructure. The outputs and outcomes should be specific so it will be clear whether they have been achieved' it said.

It added that uncertainty remained over price inflation and how much contractors would charge and warned that the responsibilities of the ODA and London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has to be clearly defined to prevent cost accountability falling between the two of them.

It was also recommended the £2.7bn contingency fund be reconsidered 'to ensure that the amount better reflects the specific risks associated with additional costs.'

The Olympic Delivery Authority selected yesterday a consortium to supply the health care services for the construction work-force for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The winning consortium is made up of Health Management Ltd and Duradiamond Healthcare Ltd who provide occupational healthcare for BAA and whose work on Heathrow Terminal 5 considered industry-leading.

Head of Health and Safety for the ODA Lawrence Waterman said: 'London 2012 will be one of the largest and most complex construction projects in the UK, with 9,000 workers on the site at the peak of construction. A healthy workforce will be a productive workforce and is going to be the key to delivering this project on time and on budget.'

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