Friday 21 July 2017

Ten HSE managers claim €50,000 in expenses

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Ten members of the HSE directorate - the top tier of executives in the health service - claimed expenses totalling more than €50,000 last year.

Their combined salaries amount to €1.2m and they are also in the public service pension scheme, according to the HSE's annual report.

It comes as incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is expected to demand a higher level of performance in key areas such as tackling waiting lists.

In his tenure as health minister, he famously warned in an internal memo that "heads would roll" if improvements in service were not delivered.

The highest level of expenses of €16,876 was claimed by Pat Healy, who is responsible for areas such as disability.

It was followed by Liam Woods, who heads the acute hospital division.

HSE chief Tony O'Brien, who is on a salary of €185,000, claimed €8,030 in expenses.

It remains a State body that enjoys generous remuneration with 2,243 staff on salaries of over €100,000, compared to 2,124 in 2015.

The report shows that HSE hospitals and facilities generated nearly €13m in car parking charges from patients and visitors last year.

It took in €18.6m from public patients who had an overnight stay of one or more nights in hospital.

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy found "a significant level of non-competitive procurement that is consistent with the findings in previous years".

Irish Independent

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