HSE confirm tender process for STGH Patient Hotel has still not begun – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris, and the HSE, to immediately escalate the tender process with respect to the patient hotel facility for South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH). Deputy McGrath was speaking after the HSE Procurement Office confirmed to him that so called ‘Mini Tender Competitions’ which are tailored for each individual hospital’s situation, are only expected to commence for STGH from January 2017 at the earliest:

“The HSE reply has made it absolutely clear that STGH, and all the patients and staff who are struggling to cope with the chronic over-capacity issues, will not see any improvement for the better part of a year at the earliest.

While the tender closing date for the national Framework Agreement was November 16th the only assurance that the HSE can give is that they ‘anticipate’ these will be evaluated by a ‘multi-disciplinary evaluation team’ by December.

Even if that timetable is met, and it is highly unlikely that it will be, these Mini Tender Competitions, are only ‘expected’ to commence from January 2017.

This is the kind of vague, non-committal type of language that is absolutely infuriating when one thinks about the scale of the challenges facing STGH at the moment.

We are in absolute crisis mode at the Hospital and all the HSE can do, on foot of a premature and ill-judged hyping of expectations by some representatives, is to offer more bureaucratic jargon that is absolutely meaningless.

We need clarity; we need action. The need is obvious and immediate and it demands far more than the kind of legalistic reply we have received to date,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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