Sunday 30 April 2017

HSE paying on the double

LAST March the Health Service Executive, the nation's favourite quango. set up the grandly titled Office of Legal Services to handle what a spokesperson calls its "diverse, voluminous and complex range" of legal service requirements.

No doubt at all about the area's diversity, volume or complexity. Everything about the HSE is voluminous, especially the size of the administrative staff. Add to that the employment of outside professionals, and one has a near-perfect model for a top-heavy, ineffective quango.

But one important quality is still missing: duplication. The Office of Legal Services fills that gap. And unlike a great number of administrators, the lawyers who work there will be busy. They will supervise the network of external legal advisers on which the HSE spent €20m last year.

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