HSE hired outside manager for €700 a day
An outside manager hired by the HSE to take on a senior role in a hospitals' group was paid €700 plus VAT a day - earning €274,413 from January 2013 to May 2014, an internal audit report has revealed.
Although the original contract was for €44,800 for three months' work at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group, the role and duration was changed.
The HSE audit examined the hiring of Liam Casey FM Consulting by public tender in 2012 to provide "turnaround and management support" to the hospital group.
However, his role was widened in the first quarter of 2014. Mr Casey formed Starline Management Consulting Ltd in January 2013, the HSE audit showed.
"Management did not have a variation order or new contract to reflect this role and it was confirmed by the chief executive officer that she had authorised these role changes because of the inability to fill the role by recruitment."
Mr Casey was paid €3,444 for a report in November 2012 on management services at University Hospital Limerick.
The audit said: "It is understood that insurance cover was not required for Starline as part of the procurement process.
"As Starline are now operating in an executive capacity, this area should be reviewed. Insurance may be required for professional indemnity," the audit stated.
The report called for a review of the use of an interim manager.
Meanwhile, a separate audit of the HSE South in 2013 found retired health workers had continued to be employed - one of them since 2006, when a six- month contract was approved.