A NEW contract for security at Limerick Regional and other acute hospitals around the Mid-West is to be awarded â€œin the coming weeksâ€, the HSE has said.
A contract covering the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, the Mid-Western Regional Maternity and St Johnâ€™s was awarded to Kerry-based KEG Security in 2005, initially for a three-year period. The HSE later gave two one-year extensions to the same company.
The issue was recently raised by Fianna Failâ€™s Deputy Sean Fleming, who told an Oireachtas committee that â€œthe contract has not been put out to tender since and I hope there are not people without tendered contractsâ€.
The HSE told the Leader that work was â€œongoing with regard to the security contract which will be awarded in the coming weeksâ€.
It would cover the three Limerick hospitals as well as the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis.
Security costs at the Limerick acute hospitals have also caused concern among members of the HSE West Forum. The HSE spent â‚¬1.058 million securing the Dooradoyle hospital campus in 2011, compared to â‚¬724,593 at Galway Univeristy Hospital.
It is understood around five companies have tendered for the contract and existing staff are hopeful of keeping their jobs in any transfer of undertakings.