Limerick hospital spends €50,000 a week on cleaners

€10.5m spend on external contracts since 2014

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

Limerick hospital spends €50,000 a week on cleaners

University Hospital Limerick spent €5.9m on cleaning

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick has been spending an average of €50,000 a week on cleaning services since 2014.

Figures received by the Leader from the HSE, via the Department of Finance under the Freedom of Information Act, show the UL Hospitals Group spent €10.5m on external contracts, from 2014 to April 2016.

The external contracts include catering, security, cleaning and parking management services.

A total of €10,507,330.5 was spent on these contracts at University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, the figures show. In total, there was a €9,850,520 spend at UHL.

While there has been a monthly spend of €212,276 on Noonan Cleaning services at UHL, the Maternity Hospital has spent just €102,792.35 since 2014.

Currently, cleaning services are provided by the maternity staff and Noonan. Contracts for Noonan Cleaning will expire at the end of October this year.

Between April 2014 and April 2016, €5,943,723.73 was paid to Noonan Cleaning. For these services, UHL spent €2.37m in 2014, €2.46m in 2015, and €1.1m so far this year.

Prior to Noonan Cleaning, €715,464.68 was spent on ISS Cleaning Services at UHL, in the first half of 2014.

Euro Car Park, which has solely operated out of the Dooradoyle hospital for a number of years, has been paid €588,464.53 since 2014. However, income received by the hospital for parking has in the past comfortably exceeded the fees paid to the company.

Figures show that €1,363,304.08 was spent on Noonan Security services at UHL between November 2014 and March 2016. On March 30, this year, seven separate transactions were made, adding up to €397,501.76.

A total of €600,697.55 was spent on Brook Catering at UHL, while only €9,631.09 spent on the same service at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, since 2014. For catering, UHL spent €273,119.90 in 2014, €205,215.40 in 2015, and has so far spent €122,362.25 in 2016.

Resource security services, which ended its contract with the UL Hospitals Group in 2014, cost UHL €638,864.78 and UMHL €175,362.74.

Since 2014, the total spend on external contracts at UMHL amounts to €645,616.07, according to the Department’s statistics. The figure comes to €11,195.12 at COH.

Invoices at the hospital are processed upon receipt at UL Hospitals Group.

The invoice is first certified by the service provider, which is then processed by the UL Hospitals Group financial department. HBS corporate finance, based in Catherine Street, is notified and the invoice is then paid, according to the Department of Finance.

Between January and May 2014, the UL Hospitals Group processed 420 ISS Cleaning Services invoices. Around 120 of these invoices were for payments less than €100. There were 15 invoices each for payments of €8.06, €24.18, €32.23, €80.59 and €16.12.

There were 41 invoices processed for payments of €40.29.

According to the HSE FoI office, these figures exclude St John’s Hospital, as it is not a HSE hospital.