The Hanoi People’s Committee is carrying out procedures for speeding up the construction of the first 1,000-bed general hospital in the outlying district of Me Linh to reduce pressure on the city’s major hospitals.

At a meeting in Hanoi on July 6, Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Khoi asked the Department of Construction to quickly establish a working group in charge of bidding with representatives from relevant departments and agencies being its member

Covering an area of 17 hectares, the project is divided into two phases at an estimated cost 3.5 trillion VND (159 million USD), with 500 beds in the first phase to be ready in three years. The second phase will start in 2015./.