Taxi drivers overcharged HSE by €20k
Hospitals in the south-east were overcharged by taxi drivers transporting kidney dialysis patients by nearly €20,000 in the space of three months, an audit reveals.
The report by the HSE's internal audit office calculated the overcharge based on mileage variances from one firm.
It found that there were inadequate details about journeys with multiple clients. Some records depended on verbal rather than documented agreement.
The use of "daily rates" limited the auditor's ability to verify value for money. One firm got €400,634 over the course of a year.
Another audit of travel expenses by home help staff in Cavan Monaghan region found one claim for 116km when the worker was recorded as being on annual leave.
There were significant errors in the 2011 travel arrears for home support staff, resulting in overpayments of €6,600.
None of the travel claim forms for home support staff in the audit sample were signed as certified or approved for payment.