Monday 22 January 2018

Homecare firm probe after audit

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Eilish O'Regan, Health Correspondent

A GARDA investigation is under way into a HSE-funded homecare company after an audit found that large sums of money are unaccounted for.

A spokesman for Fingal Home Care in north Dublin confirmed that reports into financial issues which posed a risk to the company in 2012 were forwarded to gardai.

The not-for-profit company, which served around 650 mostly elderly people at the time, received in the region of €5m a year from the HSE.

He said the voluntary directors of the company completed their own initial investigations into financial issues in September 2012.

"On foot of this, they engaged their external auditor to conduct an examination," the spokesman said.

"Arising from the findings . . . the directors made a formal complaint to the gardai in May 2013 and have been co-operating with the gardai since then and will continue to do so. They understand that the gardai are making good progress in their investigation.

"It is very important to state for staff, clients and the public that since 2012 the company has been through an extensive process of re-structuring and this is now almost complete."

A spokeswoman for the HSE said: "The findings of the internal audit uncovered a number of governance and financial issues in Fingal Home Care of serious and immediate concern to HSE management in north Dublin.

"The quality of care provided by Fingal Home Care to clients has not been an issue."

Irish Independent

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