The government will be engaging the public for suggestions to name the much talked about China-funded new national hospital, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said.
The present hospital is called Princess Margaret Hospital and the new one is to be built on the same site and the government will be seeking the name of a distinguished Dominicans or international figure for it.
“We will be engaging the public on suggestions which distinguished Dominican or international figure we should rename this hospital because I’m sure many of us have never met or may not have known Princess Margaret,” Skerrit said earlier this week at a ceremony for the signing of Letters of Exchange between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica for the West Coast Road Post Erika Rehabilitation Project.
He said there are no problems with Princess Margaret “but I think that we have distinguished Dominicans who have assisted us in the area of health…I do not know yet, so we will hear from the public on that.”
He did not say what mechanisms will be put in place to receive suggestions from the public.
Speaking on a radio show on Kairi FM on Wednesday July, 13 the Prime Minister finally gave a definite date for the groundbreaking of the new national hospital, which is August 8, 2016.
He believes that the new hospital will allow the government to be in a better position to improve on the delivery of healthcare services to the public.