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The contract award followed a tender competition carried out under the Office of Government Procurement, with six bids received. PA Consulting also carried out the HSE-commissioned Acute Hospital Bed Capacity Review: A Preferred Health System in Ireland to 2020, published in 2008.
According to the Department, it has been agreed that the review will have a wider scope than previous exercises and will examine key elements of primary and community care capacity, in addition to hospital capacity.
The Department also confirmed that a nominee from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to the Capacity Review Steering Group is “currently awaited”.
There have been three meetings of the Steering Group to date. There is also an International Peer Review Group (IPRG), whose members are based in different countries and which has not met as a group. However, a Department spokesperson said its members communicate with its project team by email, as required. “They are not being paid a fee. A date/dates for the IPRG to meet is/are yet to be finalised, in respect of which the four members will be reimbursed only for travel and accommodation costs.”
The Health Service Capacity Review has commenced in recent weeks. Initial findings (provisionally anticipated during Quarter 3) are expected to feed into the mid-term review of the capital programme, which will take place later in the year. The capacity review will be completed by the end of 2017, said the Department.