Macau’s first five-year draft plan says the Island Hospital will only be ready after 2019, at least three years behind schedule.
Last December, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam went to the Legislative Assembly and pledged to have the city’s second public hospital ready by 2019.
A few months later, the government has admitted that the main hospital building will not be ready on time.
That’s one of the many infrastructure projects mentioned in Macau’s first five-year draft plan, which was unveiled on Tuesday.
The plan sets 2019 as a particularly busy year, with the Light Rapid Transit system starting its trial run and the fourth bridge to Taipa being completed.
The new border with Zhuhai should be close to completion by then, though it will later include a complex with government services and public housing, to be ready by 2023.
Despite public pressure on housing, the only pledge was the allocation of 3,800 social homes by 2018.
The draft released on Tuesday will now be up for a two-month public consultation.