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|Owner of pressure tank wishes to continue negotiations with Sehos|
|Friday, 8 February 2013 08:44|
WILLEMSTAD — The Medical Center of Curaçao NV has not closed the door yet on the St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos). The company that owns the decompression chamber stated in a letter sent by lawyer Bertie Braam to the Ministry of Health today that Sehos had broken off the negotiations prematurely. If the hospital is not prepared to continue the negotiations then it or the government will have to pick up the bill for removal costs and be held liable for lost income.According to Braam, at the request of the then minister of Health, Environment and Nature (GMN) the Medical Center of Curaçao had installed the pressure tank in one of the annexes of Sehos. After all, there was an immediate need for adequate and swift hyperbaric treatment of decompression sickness and vascular complications of diabetes mellitus. The government strives to guarantee that locals and tourists suffering from these sicknesses can be treated immediately and efficiently. Consequently the medical center was approached and the latter offered to deliver a hyperbaric chamber and operate it on its own account and risk. The ministry subsequently requested Sehos to make a room available for the operation of the pressure tank.
On March 16th 2012 parties signed an agreement for a possible collaboration and entered into negotiations to confirm further commitments in another agreement. However, parties never reached the latter agreement, according to Braam. The hospital now demands the removal of the pressure tank because it wishes to operate an own pressure tank.
According to the lawyer, there will be costs involved in removing the pressure tank. “The annex of Sehos, in which the pressure tank is installed, must be partly demolished in order to remove the pressure tank. After the demolition Sehos will, of course, demand that the building be returned to its previous condition”, Braam wrote in the letter. The pressure tank will then have to be transported to a different location and this location must be reconstructed to accommodate the pressure tank. Furthermore, the lawyer wrote that the Medical Center lost substantial income because the negotiations foundered. The question is ‘who can be held for these costs and damage’.
“Both the government and Sehos could be tackled about the costs to be made by the Medical Center and the loss of income before and after”, Braam wrote. According to the lawyer, the hospital had broken off the negotiations prematurely. He therefore believes the government is to approach Sehos to continue the negotiations, before it’s too late. If the Ministry of GMN is not prepared to do this the government and Sehos will then be held liable for current and future costs and damage incurred by the medical Center.