A number of changes will be made in the administration of hospital services upon completion of the new national hospital.
These changes, announced by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit during a town hall meeting at Good Hope on Wednesday 17 May 2017, will include a board and management system.
Work commenced on the new national hospital on the same site of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Goodwill in September 2016.
The first phase, which includes the Accident and Emergency building, is scheduled for completion by August 2017.
“Once this new hospital is constructed we’re going to have a new management system at the new hospital so there will be something like a board that’ll be managing the hospital,” Mr Skerrit said.
He was responding to a question posed by a town hall meeting attendee regarding the cost of medication at the new national hospital.
Mr Skerrit explained that government will provide the resources to the board so that it can appoint a chief executive officer to oversee the management of the hospital.
Another change will be that patients will no longer be allowed to bring their own linens and pillows to the hospital.
“If you fall sick, God forbid, and you will have to come to the new hospital, you cannot bring your sheets or your pillow. All sheets and pillows will be white in keeping with international standards,” Mr Skerrit said.
“We’re gonna discourage and dissuade people from bringing their sheets and their pillows and pillowcases to the hospital. When you come to the hospital, all you have to bring is your clothes but the linen will be provided by the hospital,” he continued.
“And so all wards will be white to prevent any incidents of bugs and also possible diseases that sometimes can be brought into a very sanitized environment,” the Prime Minister informed.
He added that “a number of positive changes” will be made all with a view to “enhance the delivery of medical services” offered at the hospital.
The forty million US dollars new National Hospital is a grant from the government of the People’s Republic of China and is being done by HUNAN Construction Engineering Group Corporation of the People’s Republic of China.
The governments of Dominica and the People’s Republic of China formally established diplomatic relations in March 2004.