Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has given an update on the construction of the new Chinese-funded Princess Margaret Hospital saying there were some changes in the plan for the facility.
He speaking on Focus on Government and Development radio program last week.
“We had written to the Chinese Government drawing to its attention changes which we required in the plans and we thank the Chinese for responding so quickly,” he said.
He said that discussions with the Minister of Health would be finalized by April 17.
“We will respond quickly to the Chinese Government and advance the process. Once that is done, we [will be set to] commence construction on this very important project,” he said.
According to reports the new hospital is expected to offer a range of specialist services including oncology, dialysis and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
During the campaign for general election last year, it was said construction on the new hospital would begin in the first quarter of 2015.
In January 2015 Health Minister Kenneth Darroux said new information, new points of view and ideas about the hospital had surfaced and a site for the facility was yet to be determined.
He said a decision on the new site would be determined very soon and “within the next few weeks” the nation would be informed.
It was subsequently revealed that the facility will be constructed in Goodwill.
Back in 2010 then Health Minister, Julius Timothy, announced that the ground breaking ceremony for the hospital in the Roseau North constituency was “coming soon.”
That same year, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said Warner should be considered as a possible location for the hospital.
Two years later, in 2012 Timothy said the existing Princess Margaret Hospital would soon be revamped and the country will have a “relatively new hospital .. early next year” (2013).
In 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit said the new hospital was among projects to be undertaken that year through gratuitous aid and concessionary financing from the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
At that time Skerrit mentioned that they were “unfolding the designs” of the hospital.