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Concession Agreement Signed As Big Hospital Project Moves Ahead

  A concession agreement was signed between the Government and Healthcare Fiji Private Limited in Suva yesterday. This is part of the Government’s Public-Private Partnership to develop, upgrade, equip and
18 Jan 2019 19:00
Concession Agreement Signed As Big Hospital Project Moves Ahead
Bruce Armstrong, group Chief Executive Officer Aspen Medical, with the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after signing the concession agreement for the Public Private Partnership, at the Ro Lalabalavu House Suva on January 17,2019. Photo:Simione Haravanua

 

A concession agreement was signed between the Government and Healthcare Fiji Private Limited in Suva yesterday.

This is part of the Government’s Public-Private Partnership to develop, upgrade, equip and operate the Ba and Lautoka hospitals to  international standards.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while officiating, said the Healthcare Fiji Pte Limited is 80 per cent owned by Fiji National Provident Fund and 20 per cent owned by Australia’s Aspen Medical.

Aspen Medical Group chief executive officer, Bruce Armstrong said they are honoured to have been selected by the Government, to partner with FNPF, for the provision of health services under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

Mr Armstrong said Aspen Medical was a proud Australian company that provides diversified health services globally.  Adding that Fiji’s national health capability development and capacity building will be at the forefront of this partnership.

“We are honoured Aspen Medical will bring their considerable health experience to support the Government of Fiji’s strategic objective to modernise the Fiji health system.”

He said this particularly in the areas of secondary and tertiary health care.

“We will be forming one team with the staff who are there at the moment to make our plans on how this will be delivered in the best, most efficient and the quickest way.

“We expect that will go for about three months after we get started on that and once we have a plan then we will be well into it and we will commence the project and  will be carrying out all of those improvements and development that we have seen and identified during that observation period.”

Mr Armstrong said national health capability development and capacity building would be the foundation of this Project.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also stated that the current health care services which Fijians do not pay any fees for at the two hospitals would continue. “It’s a bonus benefit for Fijian by providing them in tertiary medical care facilities that we currently do not enjoy.”

He acknowledged the presence of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) team, as they have played a critical role in helping the Government for the information provided and selection process in order to achieve this milestone achievement.

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