Government secures funding for completion of Critical Care Block at PMH

04 September

Government secures funding for completion of Critical Care Block at PMH
By Llonella Gilbert, BIS
Jun 19, 2013 - 11:56:02 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry G. Christie announced that the Government has secured the funding for the completion of the Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital.  

As he presented the Closing Budget Statement to the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the Prime Minister said the project was commissioned without full funding being secured by the previous administration, contrary to any other public statements.  

“They were too busy opening the stadium before it was completed, rushing the completion of the Straw Market, grandstanding, groundbreaking political events instead of proper planning and execution.” 

Prime Minister Christie said this administration is committed to improving all of its institutions delivering health care.  

“We will continue to dedicate resources to ensure improvement in the services offered by hospitals and clinics and in human resources needed to provide high quality care.” 

He said as the Leader of the Opposition Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis has correctly pointed out, the Government now has the task of completing and staffing mini hospitals in Abaco and Exuma. 

“We propose to break ground for another mini hospital in Central Eleuthera and a smaller version in Cat Island. 

The Prime Minister added, “Our challenge is to ensure that as much as possible we are able to utilise Bahamian doctors and nurses who are eligible for service in these Family Island institutions as well as in these Family Islands where they may be in desperate need of a doctor.” 

He said as the Government begun serious consideration of the required steps to the introduction of universal health care, it will move to aggressively activate and staff the health facilities in the islands.

 Prime Minister Christie noted that as development occurs in places like Bimini, Cat Island, and San Salvador, there is an additional need for more medical personnel.

 As it is an essential component of what the Government is expected to provide, it shall work with the private sector to provide some relief. 

He said the Government is committed to National Health Insurance and having an expert group examining the feasibility and timing of implementation.  “We will report periodically to the House of Assembly.”

 The Prime Minister said the Government is also committed to the development of a medical tourism industry.  

“We have every reason to be proud of our efforts to date.  Before we break for the summer we will move and pass Stem Cell Legislation, which has already attracted major investments to The Bahamas.

“We anticipate that having put a legal regime in place The Bahamas can look forward to positive growth and job creation in medical and health tourism.” 

Prime Minister Christie said the Minister for Grand Bahama heads a Cabinet Committee on determining the most feasible option for the construction of a new hospital for Grand Bahama.