Turkey seeks health PPP consultants

Tenders have been issued for consultants to establish the methodology for Turkey’s hospital PPP programme.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is assisting the Turkish Ministry of Health (MoH) in mandating two advisory roles that will consult the ministry on international best practices to roll out the €12bn plan.

The first role tendered is for a consultancy firm to establish a value for money methodology for the MoH, to avoid the use of the wrong procurement model. Interested parties have until 22 December to respond. Key principles include designing a Turkey-specific methodology, and establishing the value of risk transfer.

The assignment is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015, with an estimated overall duration of one year and a €200,000 budget.

With a 5 January deadline, the second role tendered is for PPP Contract Monitoring and Implementation Support. The MoH will engage a consultancy firm to develop and train a core group of MoH staff who will form the monitoring function for the programme. 

The MoH has already begun assigning technical, financial and medical staff from other departments in the ministry to work at the new monitoring function, including the hiring of a ‘leading British hospital PPP expert’ as an external consultant.

The assignment is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015, has an estimated overall duration of six months and a €400,000 budget.

Turkey’s Hospital PPP Programme, covering up to 60 facilities, is being rolled out in phases. The programme has resulted in the launch of over 16 tenders in phase 1 under a Design-Build-Finance-Lease-Transfer model, and €6bn-worth of contracts have already been awarded. 

Debt or equity financing will be provided by the EBRD for the ‘Hospital Facilities Management PPP Framework’ for up to eight hospital projects, each with a different concessionaire and a range of sponsors. The EBRD is expected to finance 10% of the capital needs of Phase 1.