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Almost $9 million worth of contracts covering a four-year period have been handed out by the Bermuda Hospitals Board, it has been revealed.

Cleaning and landscape companies, management services and external medical training were all included in the list of contracts published by the board. Details published in the Official Gazette showed information on 22 agreements, some of which run up to March 2021.

The total value of the deals listed was $8,973,588.52.

They included a three-year contract worth $2,413,800 with Bermuda Cleaning Limited, to cover services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and its group homes. White Angels Cleaning Service was hired for the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre at $135,000 for the same duration.

A $388,260-three-year contract with Ace Cleaning and Landscaping started last October for work at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo clinic.

In another three-year deal, Precision LMT was hired to provide trash removal services across three BHB sites.

The figures were posted online as part of Public Access to Information requirements to publish details of contracts valued at $50,000 or more.

A deal between the BHB and Johns Hopkins Medicine International, that includes enhanced training opportunities for Bermudian medical staff and students, cost $800,000.

The Maryland-based institute was selected for a two-year clinical affiliation agreement after six American healthcare organisations responded to a request for a proposal.

A BHB spokeswoman said the contract was designed to gain support in “key areas of quality and education” when it was announced last August.

Areas of collaboration were expected to include educational opportunities such as BHB placements for undergraduate medical students and nurses as well as visiting experts.

A $100,000 contract lasting four months with Expertise Ltd was for a “clinical business analyst”, or consultant, named Bernie Miller.

A BHB spokeswoman explained: “Expertise Ltd has a contracted individual supporting the BHB finance department with final accounts, budgeting and financial systems work.”

Other agreements included work to upgrade, service and provide support for equipment, medical records coding services, a software licence, and facilities engineering support.

A temporary company secretary was hired on a 13-month contract for $126,000 and a temporary programme manager for the project management office was recruited for a year on $317,000.

The full list of contracts can be viewed on the Government's Official Gazette online or on the BHB's website.

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Published January 23, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated January 23, 2019 at 6:36 am)

BHB awards $9m in service contracts

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