State works on contract

GOVERNMENT is working closely with its international partners to put together a contract for the management of the Lautoka Hospital and Ba Hospital.

While addressing the public private partnership project in Parliament on Monday, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the contract would ensure the public was not burdened with extra costs.

“Government has made a commitment that it won’t go up and you need to have very good contract in place,” he said.

“You need to be able to work with the experts to be able to do that.

“This is why we are not going off using some local lawyer firm who have not done a private medical contract in their life.

“We are working with people who have done dozens of this, who have actually worked with governments to get the best deal for them.

“That is what we are doing and that is the assurance that we have.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they hoped to identify a partner by mid-May.

The Attorney-General was responding to a question posed by National Federation Party leader Dr Biman Prasad on what extra costs the public would bear under the proposed arrangement.

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