Local workers at Shetty hospital

As work continues at Health City Cayman Islands in East End, the majority of workers at the site are Caymanian, according to the developers. 

On average, 85 per cent of staff at the construction site, where preliminary work began late last year and the start of the first phase began in February, are local workers. 

The first phase consists of a 140-bed tertiary care hospital. 

“We are pleased to be able to provide employment for the Caymanian community,” said Gene Thompson, local partner in the project with Indian cardiologist Dr. Devi Shetty. “Going forward we expect the project to have a peak of 300 construction workers at the site, of which we expect more than 50 per cent to be Caymanian.” 

According to a press release issued by the company last week, the number of workers varies from week to week, as does the percentage of Caymanians. For example, for the week ending March 15, of the 66 workers on site, 77 per cent, or 51 individuals were Caymanian and 15 were work permit holders. The previous week, 91 per cent of the workers were Caymanians.  

Mr. Thompson said there would be more job opportunities for Caymanians as the project develops. 

“Not only does the development mean significant employment in the construction field, but it will eventually create hundreds of jobs in the healthcare field and related support services,” Mr. Thompson said. “It will bring meaningful employment to Caymanians in a range of trades and careers.” 

The US$2 billion project is being built in phases over the next 15 years. It is located in the High Rock area of East End in Grand Cayman. 

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