Panama: Hospital Constructions Resumed

After suspending contracts awarded to IBT Health Group in April, the government has resumed negotiations and announced that at the end of the year the works on four hospitals in the provinces of Darien, Colón, Los Santos and Chiriqui will be restarted.

Monday, November 10, 2014

It is hoped that with the agreements reached between IBT Health Group and the Ministry of Health (MoH) the hospitals will begin operating in 2016. Among the points covered in the negotiated agreement include: the company's debts that will not be assumed by the State, debt owed by the state to the IBT, additional tasks that were not covered by the tender, new project costs, among others.

IBT Health Group told Prensa.com that "... If the agreement is given in 2015, the estimated time to complete the works, once the projects are reactivated should not take more than 14 months, so that the four hospitals should be open in 2016. "

'... There is some additional work requested by the health authorities, including the construction of access roads, heliports, water drainage, soil and water resources engineering, among others which were not part of the aforementioned tender, but need to be carried out so that the hospital can function."

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