Saturday 16 December 2017

Editorial: HSE cash squandered yet again

THE latest scandal of HSE-squandered money just piles on the agony for ordinary taxpayers. This was money set aside to create a training programme for low-grade health workers and instead it was blown on foreign trips to destinations like New York and Hong Kong, taxis, retirement parties and even home broadband services.

The Comptroller and Auditor General has told us that many of these so-called expenses had absolutely nothing to do with the Skill programme.

How could the HSE hand over such huge amounts to Siptu without the proper checks and balances?

HSE funding is meant to be dedicated to providing a proper health service. Even in the boom times, there was never enough for these services.

We have been made aware of the broad outline of the scandal, but as yet many questions remain unanswered.

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