Construction delayed only at Jurong hospital

Construction delayed only at Jurong hospital
The contractor for the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Jurong has problems procuring windows, glass panels and other parts of the building's exterior, which need to be installed before interior work can proceed.

Only the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital is facing construction delays, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday.

"The other hospital projects under construction are currently on track," he assured the House.

He was replying to Mr David Ong (Jurong GRC), who had asked whether other projects, like Sengkang General Hospital, would also be delayed.

Mr Gan said that the main reason for the delay was the problems the contractor faced in procuring windows, glass panels and other parts of the building's exterior.

"These functional elements need to be installed so that the building is protected from the wind and rain, to allow internal building works and installation of critical equipment to proceed without the risk of damage by weather," he said.

Mr Gan also reiterated the measures that the Health Ministry is taking to ensure hospital bed capacity is not adversely affected by the delay.

These include pushing back plans to close the 330-bed Alexandra Hospital for refurbishment as well as adding 150 beds, spread between the National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

Changi General Hospital will also add more beds as the new building it shares with St Andrew's Community Hospital opens in stages from December.

Said Mr Gan: "These measures, along with other ongoing capacity-related initiatives, will add about 400 acute and community hospital beds to the system this year."


This article was first published on September 9, 2014.
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