Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2013

SVB and CMC to ensure removal pressure tank

Sint Elizabeth HospitalWILLEMSTAD – The decompression tank, currently at the Curacao Hospital (SEHOS), must be removed no later than March 26 of this year. That is the ruling in a lawsuit case between Curacao Medical Center (CMC) and the hospital board. The hospital should cover the cost for the illumination of the roof of the decompression chamber and pay the cost of the crane. The Venezuelan Medical Center of Curacao covers the cost for the disassembly and transport.

The conflict between CMC and SEHOS arose when the former Minister of Health Jacintha Constancia and her Ministry claimed that the tank was a gift to the SEHOS. But it turned out that CMC would supply their own personnel for the operation and management of the tank. For SEHOS this was unacceptable because the hospital is liable in for all medical acts within its walls. Accordingly to SEHOS they would bear additional costs for liability insurance. A new pressure tank from the Nasa is already on the island.

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