Previous articleTime for RTE to portray positive image of cityNext articleUL urged to buy into city centre admin Facebook Email IT has been confirmed that private companies are bidding for a contract to come into the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and manage it. A spokesperson for Health Minister, Dr James Reilly, told the Limerick Post that whichever of the companies wins the contract for running the hospital for up to 15 months, will be obliged to upskill the existing management team.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There are three UK and one Irish company in the running for the lucrative contract and, the spokesman added, “the aim of this is not to privatise the hospital. It is for the hospital to have access to state- of- the- art management skills, as there are aspects of the current management structures which need to be supported”.The move has outraged IMPACT, who are describing it as a breach of the Croke Park agreement.In a letter to the minister, IMPACT’s national secretary, Louise O’Donnell, said the plans lays bare how “the HSE has drained itself of senior management personnel under the Incentivised Early Retirement and Voluntary Redundancy scheme of 2010, forcing the HSE to rely on more expensive measures to fill the human resources gaps created by the scheme”.Meanwhile, following 12 hours of talks on Wednesday at the Labour Relations Commission, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU, have agreed to suspend all industrial action at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for a four week period to allow for a full review of the situation in the emergency department, where nurses say patients are at risk because of conditions. For the duration of this four week period, additional resources have been provided and HSE. Linkedin Print Advertisement NewsLocal NewsPrivate company to run Regional HospitalBy admin – October 20, 2011 546 Twitter WhatsApp
Newly released dashboard camera video shows a shoplifting suspect pointing a gun at an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office deputy just before he took his own life on Tuesday.The video shows the final moments of the encounter between the deputy and Ronnie Spradlin, who shot himself in the head, an autopsy revealed.The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart on the corner of State Road 60 and 58th Avenue.Sheriff Deryl Loar says deputies were called to a shoplifting complaint.When they arrived, the 43-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and shot at them, before trying to carjack a family that was visiting from out of town.A mother and father, whose two children were in the back seat, were injured while trying to escape and were taken to a hospital. Both are expected to recover.Spradlin then carjacked another person and drove away. However, he came to a dead end while being followed by a deputy.The suspect then pointed a gun at the deputy, who fired several shots through his windshield.Autopsy results later revealed that Spradlin shot himself in the right temple. He died at the scene.“The video will clearly show you that the coward takes his own life,” Loar says.Investigators determined the suspect was an 88-time felon who had been wanted for burglary in Virginia.The three deputies were not injured, but are on paid leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.