Halifax cancer centre, hospital expansion to be funded with P3 model: premier

The Nova Scotia government says it will fund the construction of a major hospital expansion in Halifax through a public-private partnership.

Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed Thursday that the government will proceed with the so-called P3 funding model.

Officials say a request for qualifications will go out this fall to find a partner to design, finance and maintain the project over a 30-year period.

McNeil also revealed that cancer-care services will be moved from the Dickson Building at the Victoria General Hospital to the Halifax Infirmary, a move aimed at eliminating patient transfers between the two sites which are just over a kilometre apart.

The Infirmary will also have an expanded inpatient care centre with more than 600 beds, 28 operating rooms, 33 intensive care beds and 15 intermediate care beds.

A new community outpatient centre will be built in Bayers Lake, although most of the services offered there will also remain at the Infirmary which will continue to serve as a community hospital for people who live in Halifax.