AS plans for proposed private healthcare developments in Limerick flounder, the city’s existing private hospital is in expansion mode with Barringtons planning to create 30 new jobs at George’s Quay over the next three years.
Managing director Denis Cahalane said that while some administrative staff would be taken on, the majority of the jobs growth would be in the medical field, primarily in nursing.
Barringtons owns an adjoining building in which it plans to develop new facilities including an operating theatre. Hospital management further plan to increase overall bed numbers from 42 to over 70.
“I would be disappointed if our employment levels don’t go to in excess of 120 where it presently stands at around 90 including consultants,” Mr Cahalane told Limerick’s Live 95FM.
While HSE figures show a huge increase in the number of medical cards issued in the Mid-West as people lose jobs and give up health insurance, Barringtons’ has reported an increase in the number of patients seen last year.
It offers an increasing range of surgical services including dermatology; opthalmology; ear, nose and throat; oral and maxillofacial; gynaecology; urology; orthopaedic, vascular and plastic surgery. Patients can also avail of a wide range of scans and other diagnostic tests.
Barringtons is expanding at a time when other proposed private hospital developments for Limerick have run into difficulty or been delayed.
Beacon Medical’s plans for a €500 million private hospital on the grounds of the Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle ran aground in a row with the VHI over patient cover. The project - which was to have created 500 jobs on completion - is one of several hospitals planned under Mary Harney’s colocation policy which are unlikely to go ahead.