The tender documents for the Iris O’Neal Medical Complex that were supposed to be issued since November last year have suffered a delay, and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton apologized in the House of Assembly on Tuesday 11 February for the setback.
During the budget debate the Minister recalled that he had announced in a previous sitting of the House that the project was ready to be tendered, but explained that the date he disclosed was not met: “Madam Speaker the Iris O’Neal Medical Complex, yes I wanted it to go out to tender in November last year, but they had a little difficulty. I would be the first one to apologize, but it had a little difficulty. It’s coming to the point where it will go out to tender; based on what I have heard in the next two weeks.”
Hon. Skelton said that he anticipates no further delays, and stated that it is his intention that the project will begin as soon as the tenders are returned and are evaluated: “I will take a paper to Cabinet to award the contract to whatever the recommendation is, Madame Speaker,” the Minister of Health promised.
The designs for the new Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic were developed in consultation with the BVI Health Services Authority and the Virgin Gorda Community through a schedule of three phases.
The new health facility will be designed to accommodate an expanded range of health services while providing a safe, pleasant and efficient environment for the patients and their relatives, as well as Community Health staff.
The $334,370 contract for the designs were signed on November 30, 2012 by Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Dr. D. Orlando Smith, OBE, and contractor Avaline Potter of A.R. Potter and Associates, witnessed by Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and Jeremiah Frett, respectively.
The Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic operates under the management of the BVI Health Services Authority. Its mission is to deliver excellent, compassionate, client-centered healthcare.