“The Council of Ministers has approved the opening of the procedure for launching the new Hospital Central do Algarve”, revealed the prime minister, during the general policy debate.

The news was given in response to the deputy from Chega, Pedro Pinto, who replied saying that he is “very pleased that the works at Hospital do Algarve” are advancing, recalling that “several prime ministers have already laid the first stone at the Hospital do Algarve and it has never advanced”. “Interestingly all socialists,” he added.

Later, the statement from the Council of Ministers clarified that the construction and equipment of the Hospital building will be through a “new public-private partnership”.

The construction of the new Algarve Central Hospital is a topic that has been discussed for several years, with former Prime Minister José Sócrates laying the foundation stone for the construction, as TSF recalls.

However, the process began many years earlier, in 2002, when Durão Barroso was the prime minister and Luís Filipe Pereira was the minister of health. In May of this year, Parliament approved the PS proposal for the Government to ensure the procedure for the construction and equipment of the new Central Hospital of the Algarve.