The much talked about new hospital with a teaching component that was being promoted by the former Tillman Thomas Government as an urgent priority as one of its capital project priorities is apparently being placed on the back burner by the New National Party (NNP) administration of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
This was manifested in the Throne Speech delivered by Governor-General, Sir Carlyle Glean that outlined the immediate plans and programmes of the new government in St. George’s.
Sir Carlyle noted in the speech that government will give “careful consideration” to the proposal for a new hospital as part of the “new economy” that is being promoted by the Mitchell regime.
According to the Head of State, the consideration will examine the key issue of affordability and improved service delivery.
“It will also take into account how much a new hospital can best leverage St. George’s University (SGU) and its alumni network, as well as create more opportunities for medical professionals locally and in the Grenadian Diaspora,” he said.
However, the Governor-General spoke of government exploring possibilities for the establishment of an international Nursing School given the global shortage of nurses.
The provision of a new health insurance scheme was also outlined in the Throne Speech.
Sir Carlyle said government will soon establish a commission to review options for health care financing and to make a recommendation to the Cabinet of Ministers.