Lei: Cotai public hospital expected to be 80 pct finished by 2019

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Director of the Health Bureau, Lei Chin Ion told the press on Saturday that the construction of the public hospital complex on the Cotai Strip would be 80 per cent complete by 2019.
The Bureau director reported that the construction of the complex’s foundations is already complete, with the design of the hospital currently under evaluation, adding that the government is striving to open tenders for the construction work by the end of the year.
Lei indicated that all projects are required to go through related departments for evaluation and collection of suggestions, and the selected construction company would revise the plans according to the suggestions made.
He said that the design for the general administration building, auxiliary facility building and staff accommodation are complete.
Meanwhile, with the government’s current expenses on health care reaching some MOP7 billion, Lei noted that the budget would double when the hospital complex in Cotai starts operations, explaining that the majority of expenses come from the purchase of medicine and medical equipment.
The construction design contract was awarded in 2013 to a company owned by Executive Council (ExCo) member Eddie Wong Yue Kai, with an initial budget of MOP235 million, although the government has announced that the cost of the medical complex has reached some MOP1.4 billion to date.