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No medical school for new Hospital, says Health Minister

The sixth floor of the new hospital is likely to be used to offer residents and foreigners a specialised service. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – No medical school will be housed at the new Peebles Hospital, Health Minister Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced, instead he is contemplating some specialised services that would be viable for the sixth floor of the medical facility.

Speaking to members of the media yesterday, June 7, 2012 during a walkthrough of the hospital, the Minister for Health and Social Development disclosed that the vacant floor will be occupied eventually, with one option being to provide services in plastic surgery.

However, the previous Government of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), had proposed to house a medical school on one of the floors at the new hospital, and when questioned about this prospect, Hon. Skelton stated, “There was no talk about a medical school during my six months in office. It will not be an option...and I don’t see it being an option in the future because eventually as BVI develops this facility will take over whatever is happening at the old facility.”

On June 29, 2010, the then VIP Government inked a contract with Effect Incorporated, a US based consultancy firm, to carry out the consultancy work associated with evaluating existing medical schools and advising the Government on possible medical schools suitable for establishment in the Territory. Government had coughed up $551,922 for the study.

At that press conference, the then Minister for Education and Culture Andrew Fahie had stated that the Government will not own a medical school but rather it will be privatised. He had also announced that all eligible VIslanders would benefit from scholarships given.

And at this year’s Standing Finance Committee, Hon. Skelton pointed out if a medical school is properly established in the Virgin Islands, more persons would be involved in the health care of the Territory and legislation “can also be amended to accommodate it”.

At the SFC, he had also stated that in the future when inquiries are made regarding medical schools to be established in the Territory, he would determine what those persons would require from the Government to establish a school.

12 Responses to “No medical school for new Hospital, says Health Minister”

  • virgin son (08/06/2012, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aaah more politicks they just trying to mek VIP look bad and change something they did…deeds guys still campaigning and not running we lil lil country!
  • power play (08/06/2012, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok no medical school next!
  • vip (08/06/2012, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thats surprise here at all
  • old glory (08/06/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need the medical school other islands are doing it and making big $$$$
    • Missing Something (08/06/2012, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did Minister Skelton say no Medical School or no Medical School in the new hospital? Why do we always find it necessary to write negative comments. It is about time we stop this VIP and NDP bulls...t and move on. NDP is the Government and the faster we can live with that reality, the better for us. Who don't like it will try to change it at the next General Election.
      • not me (08/06/2012, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        let's start with NDP with their everlasting campaigning and not governing the country
    • candyapple (08/06/2012, 15:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you still have to get outsider to teach dem cause you dont have any proffesor here to teach dem, you all like to look at other people to much you can never come up with your own ideas
  • bird watch (08/06/2012, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie need to stop playin games and explain if the hospital is moving forward........
  • candyapple (08/06/2012, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why didnt you tell your Mrs D-Penn that when she was inoffice for the 4yrs, she did nothing but pose for the camera
    • same as before (09/06/2012, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ha ha the same Ms. Penn today reminds me of Ronnie, Myron and Archie a load of chat and talk and smiles but no action after 8 months NONE!!!!! they cannot point to one thing they done in 7 months but give the rich a tax break.
  • Well Sah (08/06/2012, 20:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can't even open the dawn hospital to provided basic health care and we want Medical school. Give me a break and stop playing with people with this nonsense.
  • Local (11/06/2012, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i think that they should use the old hospital as a nursing school to train the anyone who's interested in being a nurse instead of sending them away and spending lots of money when you can use that same money to keep that going and for the benefits of your country....#MyOpinion

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