Friday 17 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Downsizing requires skills the public service chiefs don't have

WHILE Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan were busy saving Europe from itself, some alarming news from the home front rather got overlooked.

This was the revelation that the HSE spent €1 billion paying people to do the work of others who had left but could not be replaced under the recruitment embargo. It is an old, old story but one from which few lessons seem to have been learned.

Recruitment freezes are the Department of Finance's default position for making savings on the public finances. That word "default" has multiple meanings, most of which seem to apply in our current circumstances.

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