Two taxi firms got €1m each from HSE
TWO taxi companies each got more than €1m from the HSE as part of a total of €26m paid to taxi firms for patient and staff transport in 2010.
Figures released by the HSE in response to a Freedom of Information request show that National Radio Cabs received €1.34m and Cork-based Sun Cabs got €1m in 2010. East coast-based Dave's Taxis received €902,000, with Precious Cargo MPV receiving €812,000.
The statistics show that from January to June last year, the HSE spent €12.93m on taxis, with €26m spent throughout 2010.
Fianna Fail health spokesman Billy Kelleher said that the transfer of patients was "an essential part of the HSE service".
But he added: "Equally, the HSE should ensure that there is no duplication of service or unnecessary trips made."
The HSE said: "The use of taxis allows the HSE flexibility in the face of variable demand."