Newly-appointed Health Minister Marlon Penn ‘cannot say’ when the construction project for Peebles Hospital in Road Town will be completed.
Responding to questions in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, Penn said the construction cost for the medical facility to date is $114,249,518.60.
An increase to that figure will now depend on whether further works are done to the facility.
Currently, the sixth floor of the building is unfinished and unoccupied.
“The BVI Health Services Authority is currently exploring the possibility of leasing the sixth-floor space, however no projections on outfitting, furnishing, or equipment cost are available at this time. These will be determined ultimately by the space holder,” Penn said.
He added: “We are looking at potentially expanding on the sixth floor with the potential of having new clients for the whole focus of medical tourism. That wouldn’t be a cost borne by the hospital from that point of view.”
Penn recently took responsibility for the territory’s health portfolio after former NDP minister Ronnie Skelton was sacked from the post.
Skelton now sits as leader of the parliamentary opposition and Chairman of the breakaway NDP organisation called the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement.