Caymanians promised Shetty hospital work
(CNS): With the much anticipated Shetty hospital project due to break ground in East End on 27 August, the local partners have promised that the bulk of the construction work on the first phase of the140-bed hospital will go to Caymanians. Speaking at a public meeting in Bodden Town to update the people in the districts most affected and offer an opportunity for construction workers to sign up, Gene Thompson confirmed the project was going ahead, in contradiction to the persistent rumours that the development was stalled. He said the planning application would be submitted very soon and considerable work had been done on preparing the site at High Rock in East End.
Construction of the $50 million project is expected to take around 14 months and Thompson said he would be monitoring the construction phase to ensure local workers get the jobs. He said one of the main benefits of Health City Cayman Islands, which will be the name of new medical facility, was the work it would bring for local people.
At the first meeting in East End over one hundred people signed on for the project and dozens more turned up at the second meeting in Bodden Town. A third meeting has been planned for next Wednesday in North Side, as Thompson says there will be work for as many as three hundred people.
Thompson said developing the full scale 2,000-bed hospital project, including an assisted living facility and teaching hospital, would be spread over the next 15 years and bring many benefits to Cayman, from state-of-the-art medical care to numerous employment opportunities, both before and after the project is complete.
Dr Devi Shetty, the world renown Indian heart surgeon, is expected to return to Cayman next month to see the groundbreaking on the first phase of his project, which should be open by the end of 2013. Shetty's goal is to attract overseas patients from the Caribbean and United States who are seeking affordable but high quality specialist health care. The Cayman government has agreed to give Shetty a number of concessions, including duty waivers and tax breaks. However, foreign workers there will be subject to government's new income should it be implemented.
The government has also changed the health practitioners law to enable doctors and medical staff qualified in India to practice at the new facility and has also changed the laws relating to medical compensation. It has also agreed to pass a law allowing human tissue and organ donation and transplant. This new legislation is expected to reach the Legislative Assembly before the end of the year.
Both the developers and government hope that Health City Cayman Islands will kick-start a third leg for Cayman's economy of medical tourism. Land owner and developer Joseph Imperato also has plans to develop supporting resort infrastructure in tandem with the project, which, if it reaches the stated goal of 2,000 beds, will be attracting visitor numbers to Cayman the likes of which the island has never seen before.
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