Health City promises hundreds of medical jobs

With its planning permission application now being processed, developers of the health city cayman Islands reveal more about the project’s staffing. 

The local developer involved in the construction of Dr. Devi Shetty’s Health City Cayman Islands, Gene Thompson, told the Chamber of Commerce’s Future of Cayman forum last week that by the time the hospital is fully operational, 90 local doctors and 900 local nurses would be staffing the project. 

Initially though, the numbers of medical staff will be considerably lower, with three local doctors and 10 local nurses anticipated to be working at the hospital when its first phase of 140 beds is expected to open late next year. 

A year later, those numbers would increase to four local doctors and 15 nurses, but with the addition of medical and nursing schools as part of the wide-ranging project, Caymanians would be trained to work at the hospital to fill many additional posts, Thompson said, adding that in the initial phase of the education programme, he anticipates there would be between 300 and 500 students taking part. 

By late next year, he said there would be also be 10 local support staff and 10 local technical staff, going up to 25 and 12, respectively, the following year, and leaping to 693 local support staff and also 693 local technical staff in 15 years’ time when the project is scheduled to be in full operation. 

In all, the hospital will have 9,000 to 10,000 staff in 15 years, he said. 

“It is going to be a challenge when we start to find people – educated Caymanians,” said Thompson. “We have spent a lot of time with the Health Services Authority and CINICO and their medical providers and what is very clear is there is a shortage of medical professionals in Cayman.” 

Currently, there are about 1,300 people working in the medical industry in the Cayman Islands, Thompson told a packed audience in a session on private-public partnership at forum held at the Ritz-Carlton. 

Earlier in the week, the developers submitted their planning application to the Planning Department – the first planned area development, or PAD, application to be lodged under the amended Planning Law, which now allows for mixed use development plans to be submitted, rather than applying for individual zoning changes for large projects. 

Under this project, which Indian cardiologist Dr. Shetty and the local developers say will eventually include a 2,000-bed hospital, an educational facility, a biotechnology park and an assisted living facility.