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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Another private hospital in the works

Limerick looks set to have yet another private hospital in the coming years with the announcement that talks are in an advanced stage for the erection of a hospital on the grounds of the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.

It comes days after planning permission for a private run hospital on the grounds of Adare manor was given to the manor owner Tom Kane.

Speaking on today’s news, local TD Tim O' Malley said,

"Contracts are on track for completion early next year for a new 118-bed hospital at Limerick Regional Hospital. The plan is to increase the number of beds available in public hospitals by co-locating private hospitals alongside public hospitals.

The HSE is now in the process of evaluating proposal and short-listing bidders. When the new hospital is completed through the government’s co-location initiative it will result in at least 118 private beds being freed-up for public patients in Limerick’s Mid-Western Regional Hospital. The capital costs will be met by the private sector, which will also pay full commercial value for the lease of public land”

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