The HSE early retirement and voluntary redundancy schemes close tonight (19 November 2010). So are they the solution to getting rid of surplus HSE staff or just another example of inept health service management? (more…)
On 7 October 2010, HSE chief, Cathal McGee had his first outing to the Oireachtas in his new role as CEO. Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee alongside officials from the departments of health and finance, a catalogue of bad governance, bad accounting and no transparency was revealed for money allocated to the controversial SKILL programme.
So what has happened €2.35 million of public money that was channelled through the HSE to the siptu union. HSE chief Brendan Drumm says he has no idea, Siptu say they have never got that money. So what was this fund for, how was it spent and why on earth did no state agency take responsibility for the annual €250,000 fund over eight years? You can read what I think below or hear it here. (more…)