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The government has taken over the Cancer Centre, which comes after months of resistance from the owner, Dr Conville Browne.
In light of the facility’s abrupt closure, the government has decided to go for compulsory acquisition, and official notices were posted on the premises yesterday.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne took this decisive action.
In March, Dr Browne informed the government of his intention to close the center due to a lack of funds.
However, in response to the crucial public service provided by the center, the government has decided to take control of the building.
A few months ago, Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph tabled a bill in Parliament and passed by a majority of nine votes to five.
The government has valued the center between EC $6 to $9 million, far below the US $15 million (EC $40,538,250) that Dr Browne had requested.
The Cancer Centre, which opened on June 26, 2015, was intended for use by cancer patients across the OECS.