BVI hopes to stop patients travelling

 

The Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in the BVI has achieved full accreditation status from the international accrediting body, Det Norske Veritas (DNV – GL). The state-own hospital has achieved accreditation for three years and is the first in the region to be accredited by the German-Norwegian body. The hospital is run by BVIHSA.

DNV-GL accredits 635 hospitals in the USA, and 16 hospitals across Brazil, China, Iceland, Slovenia, the BVI, the Czech Republic, and Thailand.

The government is moving to update the 20-year-old Medical Act to bring the territory’s legislation in line with the demand of modern healthcare systems in the British Virgin Islands. The Medical (Amendment) Act proposes a number of changes to the current healthcare system, including the introduction of provisions for specialist registration and licensing, to encourage specialists and dentists to set up locally.

The local government in the BVI, a British territory, has allocated US$2.5 million in the budget to develop medical tourism.

Tourism to the BVI re-opens in December 2020 with a ‘BVILOVE’ promotional campaign.

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