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Fuad: Medical campus to replace PoS city hospital
Port-of-Spain General Hospital is to be demolished and replaced by a medical campus. Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan announced that yesterday during the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair. He said the heritage part of the hospital, the front building, will be retained. Khan said the latest project was not connected to a previous proposal involving Johns Hopkins Hospital under the People’s National Movement Government.
The Port-of-Spain medical campus — a design, finance and construct project—would be a complete, self-sufficient state-of-the-art centre that would include, a new adult hospital, a women’s centre, children’s centre, intensive care and high dependency unit, separate children’s and adult accident and emergency departments, a dedicated same-day surgery centre, a specialised surgical suite and chemotherapy out-patients programme, he added.
Khan said an institute for eye care and an international training centre also would be constructed. He said a commercial facility would be constructed on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, opposite the medical campus which would include living accommodation and commercial and medical offices. A “sky-walk” would bridge the medical campus and the commercial property and a multi-level car park was also to be constructed at the site, he added.
Khan said he was unable to give an accurate cost for the project which would be built according to British codes. He said the Government may look for a facilities management company to run the medical campus in a public/private partnership. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who also spoke at yesterday’s news conference, said more than $150 million was approved by Cabinet to construct a family court in San Fernando.
Ramlogan said on March 15, 2012, Cabinet agreed to pay $30 million to the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny as full and final payment for the St Joseph’s Convent property at Lord and Paradise Streets, San Fernando. He said the money would be used to refurbish expand and fit-out the property to accommodate the family court in San Fernando.”
Ramlogan said the family court in Port-of-Spain was an outstanding success for the administration of justice and the Judiciary. It handled some 8,000 cases in 2009-10 but in the subsequent three years the caseload increased by five per cent. The court was badly needed in south Trinidad, he said.
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