THE MID-Western Regional hospital in Dooradoyle is set to be handed over to a private company to take charge of its struggling operations and finances.
The Minister for Health, James Reilly, has confirmed that the Limerick hospital, along with University Hospital Galway and smaller hospitals under the HSE West, will come under new management for 18 months in a radical shake-up of the health system.
Five companies are in the running for the contract, and the successful company will report to the HSE, following the tender process, the Minister said.
One Irish company and four UK companies are in the running for the tender for the hospitals, which is expected to concludes at the end of this week.
Speaking on Galway Bay FM, Minister Reilly said in Limerick there is no CEO in charge of the hospital, nor is there a chief operations officer or a chief financial officer.
“This isn’t seen as taking anyone’s jobs. There’s no one in these jobs for a start and we’re providing training to individuals to upskill, who could come into those jobs,” said the Minister.
He said no-one should feel “threatened” by the announcement, as it’s “a good news story”
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 22, 2011