New questions about Couva Hospital

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New questions are being asked about the future of the $1.5 billion Couva Children’s Hospital.

The queries pertain to a promised plan for a public-private partnership to operate the modern medical facility.

In mid-May, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said requests for proposals (RFP) would be issued to invite stakeholder bids.

Some interested parties are now saying that they are still awaiting the RFP.

Deyalsingh said then: “I have probably received about 20 proposals, but, as I tell everyone, we have to wait until the RFP come out to make your proposals.”

He stated: “We have had unsolicited proposals but we have a process to follow.”

He has indicated the government’s commitment to putting the facility to public use.

The hospital has been the source of much political conflict between the government and the opposition.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has repeatedly challenged the government on opening the facility.

The government has not set an opening date and has said there is still some work to be done at the sprawling compound.

Persad-Bissessar, as Prime Minister, publicly committed the hospital last August.

There are 230 beds, clinic facilities, a training centre and other features at the hospital.

Much of the facilities are to concentrate on pediatric care.

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