AFC wants the Bid for the construction of a Speciality Hospital on the East Coast of Demerara to be retendered
Political leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan said that the party will be lobbying strongly against the awarding of a contract to construct the speciality hospital at Turkeyen on the East Coast of Demerara.
It was at the weekend that Attorney General Anil Nandlall revealed that a contract has been given to Surendra Engineering Company to construct the hospital. This is the same Dubai based company that had problems with the Enmore Packaging Plant.
Speaking at its weekly Press conference Ramjattan stated that it is a slap in the face of the National Assembly for the Government to announce that it was forging ahead with the project despite it being voted against in the 2013 National Budget.
The cost for the construction of the hospital is 18 Million US Dollars and this money is to be sourced from a loan from the Indian Government.
Ramjattan said while the AFC is not against such a hospital in principle, the party wants every aspect of the project to be scrutinised and said it has legitimate concerns relating to corruption with the bidding process.
Last week Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran said that legal issues relating to the contract were still being worked out by the Attorney General.
He indicated too, that the AG was looking at ways to circumvent the Parliamentary cut so that Government can go ahead with the project.
The name of the company that has been awarded the consultancy contract for the project has not been made public so far.