28 Aug 2012

CNMI hospital faces prospect of shutting down sections

4:22 am on 28 August 2012

The Commonwealth Health Centre in the Northern Marianas says it may have to shut down sections of the public hospital if it fails to receive sufficient funds to operate in the new fiscal year.

The Health Centre says it may only generate 8 million US dollars in revenue by the end of the current fiscal year which ends next month, despite projecting a figure of 18 million dollars.

A spokesperson for Health Centre, Jeannette Roche, says the hospital operates on a 38 million US dollar budget but it may only have 13 million for the new fiscal year.

"This is a sort of do or die situation. We need help. And if you are unable to give it, then we're going to have to look at shutting down sections of the hospital, looking at what services absolutely cannot be cut out."

Jeannette Roche says part of problem is the hospital's failure to meet its targeted monthly collection of 4.5 million, instead receiving only 800-thousand a month.

The hospital is also facing staffing issues as a result of the hospital's budget shortfalls, with a third of its doctors expected to have resigned by the end of the year.