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Hospital Project is Private

While government fully supports the medical project proposed by Dr. Devi Shetty's organisation, the Narayana Hrudayalaya Group, it is a completely private initiative.

Making this clarification, Health Minister Mark Scotland said, "We have been in discussions with this group, but we have not offered them land, or any other form of partnership.

Dr. Shetty, a heart surgeon from India, is planning to set up a new medical complex in the Cayman Islands that will reportedly include a hospital and medical university.

"Government does however welcome this type of investment as it will generate much-needed long-term economic activity outside Cayman's traditional revenue streams of tourism and financial services.

"As such this endeavour will help to create a more diverse economy that is better insulated from economic downturns. It will also promote medical tourism in our Islands," the Minister explained.

Following news reports that Cayman officials will be in Bangalore this December, the Health Minister also verified that he and Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush have been invited to meet Dr. Shetty there.

"However, we are waiting to confirm possible arrangements based on the Premier's travel plans," he said.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver