Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hospitals' donation details still not online

St Vincent's Hospital campus
St Vincent's Hospital campus

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

MOST hospital charities are failing to give a detailed financial breakdown on their websites of where donations are being spent, despite generating millions of euros in contributions from the public.

The St Vincent's Hospital Healthcare Group, which is supported by a charity foundation, is among the hospital charities which does not publish its annual accounts online despite getting almost €500,000 in donations in 2012.

Although general information is given in the newsletter of the St Vincent's Hospital Foundation about the services in St Vincent's public hospital, key financial information, such as the amount spent on administration and salaries, is not included.

Noel Whelan, chairman of the St Vincent's Hospital Healthcare Group, and group chief executive Nicholas Jermyn, on a package of almost €300,000, will appear before the PAC today to be quizzed about salary top-ups.

Others which do not provide any financial information on the website includes the National Maternity Hospital Foundation in Holles Street and the fundraising arm of the Rotunda maternity hospital, the Friends of the Rotunda.

A spokesman for Tallaght Hospital said he could not comment on the Children's Hospital Tallaght fundraising department.

Hospital charities which do publish a financial breakdown include the Children's University Hospital in Temple St and the St James's Hospital Foundation.

The Mater Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Mater Hospital, published its income and expenditure.

Irish Independent

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