31 Mar 2009

Plans for floating hospital in Pacific

9:18 pm on 31 March 2009

A floating hospital boat is being proposed to bring hi-tech medical treatment to the Pacific Islands.

Plans have been drawn up to build a 72-metre catamaran with an operating theatre, CT scanner and an area for public education.

Mark Eager, from Mobile Surgical Services, says the hospital ship could visit 12 Pacific Islands every five weeks and treat a variety of health problems.

He says the scheme is starting to get some political traction and it is an efficient way of delivering health care in remote locations.