THE NEW 60-bed block for the University Hospital Limerick is a step closer this week after the HSE approved the appointment of a contractor to build the structure.
€2 million had already been allocated to carry out the ground works in preparation for the bed block but this week, Limerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell welcomed the confirmation from the HSE Corporate of approval of a further €15.7 million to get the main work underway.
“I welcome this confirmation by the HSE to UHL on the approval of specific funding to appoint contractors to construct the 60 Modular Bed unit at UHL.
“The excavation Contractors have been on site for the last two weeks and you can see the physical works underway with JCBs and construction workers on site.
“My sole focus on this acute 60 Bed Block at UHL has been to get it underway, built and in place as quickly as possible. This is why I looked for the recent advance HSE funding of €2M to get the excavation contractors on site and works underway, ensuring no further time was lost.
“I will now be looking to ensure the HSE gets this Acute 60 Bed Block at UHL built and in operation for the people of Limerick and the Mid-West within the scheduled timeframe of June next year. “