There is still a commitment to have a functioning private patients’ unit in the island, according to the health minister.
The facility at Noble’s Hospital was shut in 2019 with a refurbishment originally planned and private services were suspended for 18 months while a review of what was on offer took place.
Health chiefs were almost ready to tender for an external provider in the new private unit when the pandemic struck. It was used during the pandemic for Covid patients.
It’s currently being used to help reduce elective surgery waiting lists.
Mr Hooper said an effective relaunch wouldn’t work by ‘just opening the doors’ and there had to be a degree of investment into the facility to start it up as a private patients unit.
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