Major healthcare reform is in the works for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This is according to Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves, who was at the time discussing the progress being made on the Acute Referral Hospital that is set to be constructed in Arnos Vale.

Minister Gonsalves in an interview with the Agency for Public Information said that the new facility will not just be a new building but it will introduce a new healthcare system.

“We are doing a lot of work with our healthcare sector altogether, we’re not just building a hospital and putting it there; we’re going to reform the way in which we buy our drugs, we’re going to reform the way in which we manage all of these hospitals, we’re going to reform the way in which we staff them, and so all of that work—all of those consultations, all of those consultancies, all of those plans are going to be done in parallel to this construction process, so when we open the hospital we’re not just opening a building, we are ushering a new era in healthcare in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and all of that work is happening now and we are extremely excited about what we are going to do,” Minister Gonsalves said.

The Acute Referral Hospital project at Arnos Vale is set to begin construction in the second half of 2023. It will cost a total of US 98 million dollars.

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