Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (135, 136)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

136 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has satisfied himself that the basic criteria stated in the invitation to tender were met in the award of a contract by the ERHA (details supplied). [8237/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Responsibility for the award of contracts by the ERHA rests with that authority. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the authority to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to her directly.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

137 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a contract for the provision of locum nurse services for the ERHA, with an estimated value of €20 million, was awarded exclusively to one company; if he has satisfied himself that a monopoly has not been created in the ERHA/DATHs by awarding a contract of this magnitude to one supplier to the exclusion of all of the existing suppliers; and his views on whether, at a time of nurse shortages, a significant percentage of the available pool of agency nurses will not now be available to the ERHA/DATHs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8241/04]

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Responsibility for the award of contracts by the ERHA rests with that authority. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the authority to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to her directly.