New National Hospital far from completion

Samuel Sukhnandan, SNO Reporter

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The New National Hospital.

Saint Lucia’s new National Hospital is far from being completed as works are still ongoing.

Health Minister Alvina Reynolds told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview that there is no clear indication as to when construction of the new National Hospital could be completed, despite engineers are working on a specific timeline, which was not disclosed.

In addition to that, the procurement of equipment will take some time before the new hospital could be commissioned and opened to the public.

“It is definitely stretching out more than we expected and of course we are trying in the meantime, to have all of our other facilities well strengthened, for example our health centres and polyclinics, so that we could ease the burden at the Victoria Hospital,” she said.

The health minister explained that the opening of the Dennery Hospital will also help to ease the burden on other hospitals and health centres. “I try not to give a promise of opening, because I am not a technical person and would go with what the engineers say… step by step I gather the project reports from the engineers and I always give a little more time,” she noted.

SNO was told that the process will be lengthy, especially since many procedures have to be done before the operation of the facility. Those procedures include testing equipment, training staff to use equipment – some of which have to be custom-built, ordered and installed. Staff also will have to be identified to fill positions at the new National Hospital.

The project started in January 2009. It comprises 200 beds and will be equipped for inpatients and principal diagnostic and therapeutic services. Once the hospital is opened, the Victoria Hospital will be decommissioned and reopened as the Castries Urban Polyclinic. When that happens, the Castries Health Centre will be closed permanently.

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11 comments

  1. Who cares about hospital when any body in camp including the Press Secretary can get their medicals done overseas at the expense of the public. The point is this government employed people to review thse projects not to enable its completion but to see whether there are any faults which they can use for political milage. This incldes the airport project. Thats why we don't have money to pay civil servants. Fools you all never asked Kenny where would he get 100 million to fund his Blueprint for Disaster? Fools you all making me despise this place more and more everyday.

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  2. Ha Ha St.Jude's Hospital is in the right place the sports stadium one can run, play soccer,decathlon,javelin etc,when they drop down just take them in to finish the job,risky business.Zot pwe a sa Enrougeeeeeeeee.

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  3. Well saud Aye Aye !!! Good luck...thats tge thing everyone is talking but not taking actiong to make it better. Im far far away from St. Lucia so I cant join you. Hope our felliw St. Lucian do to make a change.

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  4. so if that is the state of the national hospital....what about St Jude Hospital minister. when will St Jude be finished minister?? since 2009 minister.....this is 2014. and yall didn't hav to start from the ground up...the insides were gutted so it shud not hav been so long minister.

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  5. This project actually started in 2009, not 2011!!

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  6. As far as I read, it was never mentioned that there was no money to complete the hospital, so why are you all making that assumption?

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  7. Kenny is the same man who said in 1997, that no incoming government is bond by any decision taken by a previous government, now he talking crap. Who you think you fooling. You are a deceiving, dishonest,heartless individual Kenny and your SLP pandits. St.Lucians Wake up Let protest our way through this threats by Kennt and Company. We are the one holding the hot end of the stick. If the opposition is sleeping lets wake our selves up. King And Richard are on their side now no longer any pass government minister worried about our well being. We can fight our way through. I think we should all wear an orange colour bands,t-shirt on our selves cars, to show we will not remain under Kenny,s spell. Join me now.

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  8. Boy here goes Alice wondering again....sighhhhh

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  9. Money is required that's no ordinary project.The overseas mission must show they worth their salt in getting donations towards the completion and commission of the new hospital.We are in tough economic times and we just cannot do it now without assistance.Do we know the yearly operational cost? We don't want to move to a new building without the expected services.

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  10. WHY WHY WHY ?? ALL THESE MONEYS I SEE THE TAIWANESE GIVING.

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  11. What is Alice saying? That hos should have been completed in September.....This admin is bring up everything to show that there is not money to pay workers!!!!!

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