PAC-ing a punch on HSE spending

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on November 5, 2015

Medical Independent column from 5 November 2015

Last month, HSE Director General Mr Tony O’Brien made his last appearance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as the person with ultimate accountability for the health budget. This is because responsibility for the health budget was transferred from the HSE back to the Department of Health on 1 January 2015. (more…)

€40m spent on agency nurses last year, €30m so far this year

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 16, 2010

Yesterdays Controller and Auditor’s general report devoted over 100 pages scrutinising how specific monies have been spent on health. In particular it highlighted €44 million the HSE spent on agency staff in 2009. Figures obtained by me today show that so far this year just another €30 million has been spent on nursing agency staff. Clearly this is not the best use of public money. (more…)