Dennis Desmond, Androscoggin Valley Hospital's interim president, said the prison system mishandled bid requests in 1999, and said it backed out of at least one agreement in 2001.
In the latter case, he
said, a physical therapist in the middle of a two-year contract with the prison showed up for work only to be told that his
services were no longer needed and that the department had hired its own therapist.In the earlier cases, Desmond
suggested that to get better rates, the department released Androscoggin's bid price to competitors after the bid process was supposed to be closed. Desmond
recently received a letter from the department inquiring about hiring the hospital for laboratory work, and immediately threw it into the trash.
"We had decided a while ago that we wouldn't deal with these people," Desmond
said."Not that we wouldn't want to, but the professionalism that you'd expect just hasn't been there." Desmond
wrote to Burton last week after he
read about the Elliot controversy.Burton said he
has asked Stanley to respond to the allegations.