HSE to award new Mid-West hospital security contract

HSE to award new Mid-West hospital security contract
A NEW contract for security at Limerick Regional and other acute hospitals around the Mid-West is to be awarded “in the coming weeks”, the HSE has said.

A NEW contract for security at Limerick Regional and other acute hospitals around the Mid-West is to be awarded “in the coming weeks”, the HSE has said.

A contract covering the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, the Mid-Western Regional Maternity and St John’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 Fail’s Deputy Sean Fleming, who told an Oireachtas committee that “the contract has not been put out to tender since and I hope there are not people without tendered contracts”.

The HSE told the Leader that work was “ongoing with regard to the security contract which will be awarded in the coming weeks”.

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 €1.058 million securing the Dooradoyle hospital campus in 2011, compared to €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.