The Health Service Executive (HSE) is expected to spend more than £350,000 on branded goods including yoga mats, company umbrellas, organic t-shirts and baseball caps.
The agency also intends to purchase personalized water bottles, reusable coffee cups, windproof jackets and anti-bacterial pens as part of its efforts to promote the Healthy Ireland campaign.
The details of the planned spending follow reports that some nurses have to rely on food banks in the absence of better pay, and key medical workers took part in industrial action this week over pay and job issues. retention.
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The health authority published a tender yesterday saying it planned to spend €350,000 plus VAT on a wide range of branded products bearing both the HSE and Healthy Ireland logos.
Companies awarded contracts to supply the items, which include organic cotton lunch bags and knitted beanies with built-in headlamps, will also be required to store and distribute the stock.
The Healthy Ireland Framework was launched in 2013 to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the country. It has been described as a direct response to increasing levels of chronic disease and negative lifestyle behaviors.
Other personalized merchandise that will be produced for the campaign includes swim caps, polo shirts, cycling shirts and A5 notebooks. Branded lanyards and identification reels will also be required for personnel.
The release of the tender comes amid concerns from some workers within the HSE over wages and conditions.
Earlier this month, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) annual conference heard that some nurses had been forced to rely on food banks as they struggled to make ends meet.
Meanwhile, hundreds of medical scientists took industrial action this week over pay and retention issues after negotiations with the HSE and Department of Health failed to address their concerns.
The action led to the withdrawal of routine laboratory services, CT scans and other tests from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., affecting hospitals and medical practices across the country.
“Healthy Ireland wants Irish people to feel supported to make healthier choices in their daily lives, in a sustainable and health-promoting environment,” the tender states.
The successful contractor will also be required to process online orders for goods through the HSE system and will be able to deliver goods to all 26 counties.
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