Health Authority to save over $100K annually as austerity measure takes effect

The original article can be found in: BVI News

Touted as an austerity measure that will achieve savings of more than $100,000 annually, the BVI Health Services Authority has relocated two of its departments from the privately owned E. A. Creque Building.

The Finance Department and Human Resources have been relocated to the state-owned Peebles Hospital where no rent will be charged.

Chief Executive Officer of the Authority Darlene Carty Baptiste said the austerity measure will also facilitate savings in operational expenses.

“The move of the Finance and the Human Resources Departments to Peebles Hospital allows for increased operational efficiency, and it strengthens capacity and streamlines staff and processes by centralization into one location,” Carty Baptiste said.

“There is an estimated savings of more than $100,000 in rental fees, plus operational savings.”

The Health Services Authority has advised the public that the relocation of the Finance Department took place on July 2.

The Human Resources Department will start operating from Peebles Hospital today (July 22).

A number of other public health facilities that are housed in private buildings are likely to be relocated to the current Peebles Hospital whenever government completes the construction of the New Peebles Hospital.

During a tour of the new facility few months ago, Health Minister Ronnie Skelton indicated that the Road Town Clinic and other clinical services are likely to be relocated.

The clinic is now being housed in the privately owned Glancina George Building in Road Town.

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