Tuesday 24 October 2017

HSE is riddled with waste

AN internal audit report for the Health Service Executive has outlined a catalogue of waste of public money and serious breaches of corporate governance involving a training programme.

It appears at least half of a total of €2.35m from the training fund set up by the HSE seven years ago, and supposed to be administered by the union SIPTU, cannot be accounted for.

However, it is known that more than 30 overseas trips were paid for from the fund, with officials from the HSE, unions, the Department of Health and the Department of Finance going on trips, some of them bringing partners. Money was spent on airline flights, meals, taxis and accommodation. One bizarre expense uncovered by the report was €1,586 for a retirement party.

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