As a management consultancy, we read H S J to keep abreast of NHS developments and identify potential opportunities for which we might submit a tender bid.

We find, however, that these occasions are increasingly rare because of the extremely tight timescales placed on some tender advertisements.

Examples in recent months have invited tenders for complex consultancy which requires significant thinking and work before a tender bid is put together.

The entire process of tenders is complicated enough for those preparing bids and those who then have to consider a large number, which will have been put forward in good faith.

Yet the closing date is no more than two weeks after the advertisement has been placed in HSJ.

Are the organisations involved really serious in inviting considered tenders?

Do they already have a preferred consultancy but feel obliged to place the advertisement in an apparent spirit of openness?

Peter Lewis Jones Manor Resources Manor Way Chesham Bucks