‘No timeline’ on handover of hospitals

Fiji National Provident Fund’s General Manager Member Services Alipate Waqairawai responds to queries raised by the members at the Chief Executive Officer Jaoji Koroi looks on during the FNPF member forum in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

DISCUSSIONS are ongoing on when the Fiji National Provident Fund and Aspen Medical Ltd will take over management of the Ba and Lautoka hospitals.

While speaking at a FNPF public consultation in Lautoka on Wednesday, fund chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi said a timeline of the official handover was yet to be determined.

“At this stage we haven’t taken over management of the hospitals,” he said.

“We are still in discussion with Government on a timeline that we need to hand over and take over the management of each hospital.”

Mr Koroi assured fund members that the investment would benefit everyone.

“Under the arrangement, there’s a concession agreement that we’ve signed with Government that mandates the new entity, which is a joint venture with Aspen Medical and FNPF to provide the required level of services.

“At this stage I don’t have the details but it will certainly be at a level that is much more than what is being provided. That is the whole intention of our investment.

“We are making sure that our investment also has an impact on our members.

“We are making sure that apart from the generated returns, we also create opportunities or facilities that meet medical needs in the West.”

In November last year, Australia-based Aspen Medical was announced as the successful bidder to manage Ba and Lautoka hospitals.

A contract between Government, FNPF and Aspen Medical Ltd was signed in January this year.

Under the public private partnership, Aspen Medical Ltd was selected to develop, finance, upgrade, operate and maintain the two medical facilities.

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