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Cardiac centre at Bustamante Hospital expected by year end

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:15 PM
According to Tufton, already, arrangements have been made to provide millions of dollars in equipment to the centre.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, has indicated that construction of the long delayed cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew is to be completed this year.

According to Tufton, already, arrangements have been made to provide millions of dollars in equipment to the centre.

 

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

In February 2012 Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller broke ground for the cardiac centre as a public-private sector partnership project.

The project has missed several completion deadlines and the construction has reportedly racked up millions of dollars in cost overruns.

The Government, donors and stakeholders have been blamed for the depletion of funds to construct the centre.

The cardiac centre is designed to offer full surgical and after-care service with a 10-bed intensive care unit, operating theatre and a catheter lab.

It is also designed to offer specialised training for surgeons, nurses and other paediatric cardiac personnel, as well as to conduct research.