Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (589)

Pat Breen

Question:

703 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children if his Department is planning to employ marketing consultants to sell the main recommendations of the recent Hanly report; the amount the Department intends to spend on the consultants' services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1522/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Recently my Department invited expressions of interest from relevant consultancies to participate in a tendering process for a public relations and information campaign for the report of the national task force on medical staffing. Last December the invitation was placed on the Government procurement website, in line with EU procurement guidelines.

A number of firms have 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. My Department anticipates that it will be awarded within the next four weeks.