SUCCESS! The government has announced it will not be pursuing plans for a controversial publicly funded "Super Hospital" in Port Moresby. The hospital was to provide private beds for the wealthy while most Papua New Guineans lack access to even the most basic health services.
ACT NOW! had actively campaigned against the plans for the hospital on its website and independent blogs.
More about the proposed hospital
The government’s proposed Pacific Medical Centre would have been another extravagant waste of public funds and diverted money and other resources from front-line medical care.
Although Michael Somare bowed to public pressure in November 2010 and said no public money should be used to build the hospital, Health Minister Sasa Zibe and his team are still pressed ahead with the project until being removed from power in July 2011.
Plans for the K500 million super-hospital, to be build as a public/private partnership at Bautama outside Port Moresby, were first announced in February 2010, although the National Executive Council had already committed K20 million to kick-start the project in November 2009.
The previous government promoted the project as ‘the nations first world class fully serviced hospital and on of Asia-Pacific regions leading centres of excellence in providing first rate health care services and medical education’ but there are many solid reasons why the public rejected the proposed PMC.
- It was the wrong priority
- It was an extravagance we can't afford
- It would divert funds from other health care facilities
- It would be inaccessible to most people
- The money was needed for staffing not infrastructure
- It would take staff away from front-line services
- There was a complete lack of transparency about the project
- It was opposed by health professionals
To find out more download our PMC Factsheet.