HEALTH Service Executive (HSE) chief Brendan Drumm ran up a dinner and business meeting bill of €1,136.95 in one of Dublin's plushest hotels while entertaining hospital consultants, it was revealed yesterday.
Prof Drumm held the business meeting in the Merrion Hotel – opposite Government Buildings – in June 2007 when he discussed the "international experience" of appointing hospital consultants as clinical directors.
Clinical director posts were established last year and involve a senior specialist taking responsibility for a team of doctors.
The bill is revealed in Prof Drumm's list of expenses claims totalling €43,255 since he was appointed as head of the HSE in August 2005.
He also claimed €919.01 for dinner in another trendy Dublin eatery, Chapter One, after he entertained a "high-level ministerial delegation from Grenada" in relation to the development of cancer services in November 2006.
His expenses averaged about €590 a month since he took office, according to details obtained by the ‘Irish Medical News’.
Other bills claimed for include:
This is despite the availability of large meetings rooms in the HSE-owned Dr Steeven’s Hospital near Heuston Station which was re-modelled as health board offices several years ago.
The details also reveal that Prof Drumm – who is on a salary and perks package of around €500,000 a year – is also entitled to around €10,015 to have his medical indemnity insurance, membership of the Royal College of Physicians and subscription to medical journals paid for.
A spokesperson for Prof Drumm said none of his advisers accompanied him on trips abroad nor did any members of his family.