Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (208)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

208. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health in respect of the list of primary care centres to be delivered by public private partnership, if he will confirm that it is still the intention that these would be design, build, maintain contracts and that these projects will be delivered in two bundles; and his views on the promised second phase of the programme which was due to be announced before the end of 2012. [51053/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In relation to the potential Primary Care Centres to be delivered under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme, the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Friday 15th November 2013 in the Official Journal of the European Union ("OJEU") through the eTenders Public Procurement portal which can be viewed on the www.etenders.gov.ie website. It is anticipated that the potential Primary Care Centres identified as suitable for the PPP model will be delivered as part of a single PPP contract in this competition with the remaining centres to be procured by the HSE using other procurement means.

The NDFA states that, for and on behalf of the HSE, it intends to procure a PPP for Primary Care Centres to design, build, finance and provide services for the Primary Care Centres concerned. In June this year the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced Government's intention to roll out a Phase 2 PPP pipeline as a continuation of the Phase 1 Programme, to be announced by the end of 2013.