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".