Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (32)

Joe Costello


146 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Health and Children his proposals for the appointment of consultants to promote and publicise the Hanly report; the likely overall cost of this exercise; if consultants have now been appointed and if so if he will list each one so appointed and the value of the contract in each case; the procedures which were used for the appointment of these consultants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1889/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

My Department recently invited expressions of interest from relevant consultancies to participate in a tendering process for a public relations and information campaign relating to the report of the national task force on medical staffing. In line with EU procurement guidelines, this invitation was placed on the Government procurement website in December 2003. On foot of the responses, a number of firms have now been invited to submit tenders for the contract. The total amount to be spent on the contract will depend on the tenders submitted. The contract specification envisages that the contract will involve approximately 100 working days in total. My Department anticipates that the contract will be awarded within the next three to four weeks.