Update: Infrastructural works commence at Gozo General Hospital
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Update with video below – Infrastructural works have commenced on the Barts Medical School in Gozo following the issue of the Planning Authority’s permit.
The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, said today that this is a major investment for Gozo, with Barts establishing a University campus outside of the UK. The project forms an integral part of the new Gozo Hospital and St Luke’s medical campus.
Minister Mizzi noted that designs of this project were also reviewed by Partners Healthcare International and approved by the project’s construction committee. He emphasised that “the transition planning will ensure that construction works do not disrupt the ongoing provision of healthcare.”
He explained that currently, a process has been initiated with the Planning Authority with regards to the development of the Gozo General Hospital’s main buildings. Vitals Global Healthcare is now waiting for the authorities to publish the terms of reference for the additional environmental studies required.
He noted that through this Public Private Partnership between the Government and Vitals Global Healthcare citizens will benefit from a modern healthcare infrastructure.
Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo, said that this is the “greatest investment in Gozo that occurred during this last century thanks to which, Gozo residents will benefit from the highest quality healthcare. This €220 million investment is expected to generate €10 million in the Maltese economy.”
Minister Refalo said that this will open a new dimension of medical tourism and thanks to this investment there will be an increase in bed capacity.
He reminded that Barts Medical School will attract 60 students per year up to a maximum of 300 on a five year period. Dr Refalo said that this investment will not only “upgrade the quality of medical services provided in Gozo but will also generate career opportunities.”
He stated that “healthcare in Gozo will remain free for all Maltese and Gozitan residents whilst emphasising that workers will retain their jobs.”
The Minister for Gozo concluded that “this administration worked on a holistic plan and believes in Gozo’s potential and reiterated that under this legislature, Gozo made great advancements.”
It was also announced that a park and ride service for all patients and staff has also been set up to help with any possible parking problems at the hospital site. This was made possible through a joint effort between the Hospital Management and the Ministry for Gozo.
The shuttle service will operate between the hospital grounds and the Malta Dairy products site in Xewkija, starting this Monday, the 20th of March, between 6:30am and 7:30pm, excluding Sundays and Public Holidays.
Photographs: MGOZ:/George Scerri and video by Joe Grech