Saturday 20 January 2018

Patient safety watchdog's €220k food bill

THE Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the patient safety watchdog, spent hundreds of thousands of euro on consultancy fees in just 12 months despite paying €9.5m in salaries to staff.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, also show the authority's staff spent €222,867 on food and accommodation in 2012, and a further €340,645 on domestic travel expenses, according to the 'Medical Independent'.

The authority spent a total of €799,641 on consultancy last year. A trip to Geneva for one member of staff was the single largest expenditure at €2,065.

HIQA said while the vast majority of communications were carried out by electronic means such as email and telephone, "from time to time it is important to travel in person".

Irish Independent

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