Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said this after questioning the health commissioner about a contract for prison health services awarded to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey:
“The state ended a $158 million health services contract with Correctional Medical Services for health services for prison inmates, and granted it to UMDNJ without competitive bidding.
“It’s troubling that UMDNJ won this business through an interagency agreement rather than competing with other potential providers. If Correctional Medical Services, the previous contractor, wasn’t doing the job, then private companies and other state agencies should have been allowed to bid for the business as well.
“For one thing, it’s an open question whether the employees of Correctional Medical will now become state workers who will add to our overburdened pension and health benefits system.
“I urge the administration to consider putting this contract out to bid. I am concerned that without a closer look at this agreement, the taxpayers may wind up paying far more than the state anticipates for inmates services.”