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$21 mil. for Rand Memorial rebuild

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday the government has allocated $30 million for the redevelopment of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and the Rand Memorial Hospital.

While wrapping up the 2020/2021 budget debate, Minnis said, “Mr. Speaker, PHA (Public Hospitals Authority) management is completing a set of priority capital projects for the urgent renovation of several patient care areas.

“In this budgetary period, the government has allocated $30 million toward the phased redevelopment of the Rand Memorial Hospital, major improvements to the physical environment of PMH and areas of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

“Of this total, Mr. Speaker, $21 million is earmarked for the Rand Memorial Hospital and $9 million is allocated for the phased redevelopment of PMH and Sandilands.

“The funds will address the urgent phased improvements of patient care areas at PMH.”

The areas that are currently under renovation and that will be repaired are: the old Intensive Care Unit; the old Operating Theater; the Male Surgical Ward East; public bathrooms; legacy entrance and specialty corridor; the eye ward; the Children’s Ward; the Female Medical Ward II; the old Physiotherapy Unit, which will allow for the expansion of the Dialysis Unit; and Accident and Emergency Department, which is an auxiliary development project being fast tracked for the improvement for all emergency and urgent healthcare in New Providence.

Minnis, who also serves as minister of health, noted that PMH needs 50 more beds.

He said the hospital has 341 adult and pediatric beds, and 56 neonatal beds.

“After renovations of the wards are completed, the bed capacity will increase, but within the parameters of social distancing,” the prime minister said.

Minnis said one of the PHA’s major objectives over the next five years is to transition to a cost-recovery model to reduce its dependency on the Public Treasury.

“To achieve this goal, PHA will take the following concrete steps: implement cost reduction measures including outsourcing of appropriate services; consolidate and renegotiate contracts; improve inventory management; continue the transition to solar energy; conduct a telecommunications audit; consolidate group purchasing; and maximize economies of scale for supplies and pharmaceuticals management.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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