Stew­ard Malta cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies Gozo hospi­tal project ‘on hold’

Malta Independent - - News -

Stew­ard Malta yes­ter­day cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies that the Gozo hospi­tal project is on hold, as re­ported in the press yes­ter­day.

Stew­ard Health Care Malta said it had taken over the con­ces­sion in Malta in March 2018 with a clear re­quire­ment to pri­ori­tise the con­struc­tion of the Barts Med­i­cal School.

In just seven months, Stew­ard said it has de­liv­ered on the de­sign and build of a state-of-theart anatomy cen­tre, which has now been passed over to Barts for their use, and has struc­turally com­pleted the Barts Med­i­cal School, with works on the in­te­ri­ors pro­gress­ing at a steady pace.

While Stew­ard said it has fo­cused on the Barts project, it added that it has also be­gun works on the master plan for both the new hospi­tal in Gozo, and the re-de­vel­op­ment at Karin Grech and St Luke’s Hospi­tal. Stew­ard’s aim is to build fa­cil­i­ties which not only meet the needs of the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion but will serve as state-of-the-art hos­pi­tals for years to come.

“Like all pro­jects of this mag­ni­tude, the plan­ning phase is ar­guably the most crit­i­cal, which is why Stew­ard and the govern­ment have agreed to re-set the time­lines in a way which al­lowed for the proper de­vel­op­ment of the plans,” the com­pany said.

“Stew­ard Malta is com­mit­ted to de­liver on all obli­ga­tions as set out in the con­ces­sion agree­ment and will make the ap­pro­pri­ate an­nounce­ments in due course.”

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