Despite the recent controversy surrounding Minister for Health Dr James Reilly, his former Minister for Primary Care Róisín Shortall and the selection of new primary care centres (PCCs), the HSE has moved full steam ahead with the development of all 35 sites chosen by the Minister, IMT reports.
As part of the €2.25 billion capital investment stimulus package announced by the Government in July, it is anticipated a number of PCCs will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) procurement mechanism.
Some 35 potential locations — including three at the centre of the dispute — have been identified for consideration, of which approximately 20 will be selected and brought to the market in one or more bundles. The remaining will be considered for later phases of the PPP process or by other procurement means.
The HSE is now seeking to establish a three-year framework agreement comprising 30 architectural, structural engineering, building services, engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering specialists to develop within budget the client brief and design, and to obtain planning consent.
Suitably qualified and experienced consultants will be hired as domestic specialists for the design and planning stages (Stage 1-Stage 2B only), and interested bidders have until November 30 to submit tenders.
IMT understands there will be a separate procurement of technical advisers (quantity surveying and independent project supervisor design process (PSDP) services), who will progress the projects, which may be bundled into groups of PCCs through to completion, to ensure consistency across all HSE sites.
The HSE intends for these centres to represent the focal point for the provision of all primary, community and continuing care-related health and social services, and act as a base for its front-line staff.