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Phase 1 of $7.9bn Qatar healthcare project to be 'fully operational' in January

Qatar Foundation-funded Sidra Medical and Research Center to complete outpatient clinic in early 2017

Phase 1 of $7.9bn Qatar healthcare project to be 'fully operational' in January

A $7.9 billion Qatari megaproject has said its first phase will be fully operational in January next year, after opening its doors in May.

The Doha-based Sidra Medical and Research Center, which is being funded by the Qatar Foundation, said in a statement that its outpatient clinic, which has been opening in phases, currently consisted of 25 clinics. 

The outpatient clinic launched with dermatology, paediatric general surgery and obstetrics clinics.

On Tuesday, Sidra said it had opened three additional paediatric clinics - covering neurosurgery, urology and orthopaedics – for referral-based patients.

 

The Sidra megaproject, which was originally scheduled to launch in 2011, will include a high-tech hospital and medical research centre, which mainly focuses on the treatment of women and children.

A timeline for the completion of the rest of the project, which has faced repeated delays in the past, is unclear.

In 2014, the Qatar Foundation sacked the two joint venture partners responsible for building the project.

In December last year, reports in Qatar suggested the facility was planning to lay off 200 jobs as part of “right-sizing” plans.

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