Tuesday, 15 November 2005
Department of Health and Children
Question 223: To ask the TÃ¡naiste and Minister for Health and Children if she has satisfied herself with the process the Health Service Executive is using to assess applicants for pre-qualification for tendering; if the most up-to-date financial information is being sought from companies intending to tender; her views on their capacity to adequately and fairly assess all proposals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33928/05]
The Health Service Executive is governed by public law and as such is obliged to comply with the requirements of public procurement law. Public procurement law requires adherence to the appropriate European Union procurement directives. In addition, the national public procurement policy unit of the Department of Finance issues national procurement policy and guidance material, which is available on the website www.etenders.gov.ie.
While relevant information is freely available on this website, the Department also routinely brings any new developments to the attention of the Health Service Executive. As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the issues raised by the Deputy, the Department is requesting the parliamentary affairs division of the executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.