The new security services that were promised at the state-owned Peebles Hospital in Road Town has now been implemented.
Security operations at the medical facility are now being managed by an external firm known as FLR Enterprises.
The company signed a one-year contract, the conditions of which came into effect on New Year’s Day.
The firm, which now replaces the 16 internal security officers who are to be sacked from that post at Peebles Hospital, is expected to provide what the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) describe as ‘improved security services’ not only at the hospital but also at BVIHSA offices and clinics.
CEO of the BVIHSA, Dr Ronald Georges, said the contract with the security firm will allow for ‘effective monitoring’ at Peebles and quicker responses to any security concern that may arise at the facility.
“The health services houses a lot of sensitive information, areas, and patients who may be in a vulnerable state … [and] during any kind of emergency, disaster, or mass casualty, the need for enhanced security at a facility like these becomes very apparent. Other situations may arise, for example, gunshot victims, release of hazardous material, bomb threat, multiple casualties, which will all require an enhanced security response. The hospital and health facilities need to be prepared for a myriad of issues which can pose significant security threats,” Dr Georges told BVI News.
More security officers now available to hospital
He also said this new security arrangement will facilitate an improved relationship between the BVIHSA and stakeholders such as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Fire & Rescue Services, and Her Majesty’s Prison,” added the CEO, who said the contract will allow for a ‘more targeted concentration on the security’.
He did not disclose the value of the contract.
Dr Georges, in the meantime, told or news centre that the security firm will provide for more security officers becoming available to the hospital.
“The staff complement will vary depending on need and circumstances but will include enhanced coverage over and above the previous internal arrangements. Currently, during the transition period, they are surpassing our previous staff complement. It is expected [that], once the transition is completed, the staffing will continue to be flexible based on the requirements of the situation but will still be at a higher level than the Authority previously sustained. Essentially, FLR’s entire capacity will be available as required to the BVIHSA to scale up a response as required,” Dr Georges said in an interview with BVI News on Wednesday.
As for the security officers who are to be sacked from the post, the BVIHSA said they have been given the option to receive a severance package or to be relocated to units that required additional staff.
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