Acting Prime Minister Honourable Guy Joseph commented after Cabinet undertook a thorough tour of the state of the art of health facility on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Minister Joseph says the government is placing emphasis on bringing relief to locals who may currently have to incur costs to access medical services abroad.
He says Cabinet members were impressed that a suit of new medical services will eventually come on stream.
“These are all issues that Cabinet would have to decide on. However, we are keeping at the forefront the vital services that Saint Lucians are now traveling overseas to access. Some of these e services are going to become available at the facility, and as such minimize cost to the public”.
The Minister says the visit equipped Cabinet members with a wealth of information that will inform them on the way forward as regards the completion of the hospital.
“Cabinet is working collaboratively with the health sector team with a view to achieving partial delivery of health services within a reasonable time-frame. The focus is firstly to ensure that the key services can be made available to the public, even if it is on an outpatient basis in the first instance,” explained Minister Joseph.
The European Union funded the construction and equipping of the EU/OK Hospital.