John Downing: Ten health officials, all men, give a detailed lesson on medical cards
There is a major probe into 1.8 million medical cards
IT was hard to banish the stereotypical image of the Irish health system being top-heavy with managers and paper minders.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health yesterday sent a combined delegation of 10 men to the taxpayers' spending watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee, to explain the €1.7bn medical card system. Seven of them sat in the front row, flanking HSE boss Tony O'Brien and Health Department general secretary Dr Ambrose O'Loughlin; while the other three sat further back, files at the ready.