HSE spent €525m on Irish-made PPE in 2020

Overall spend on protective equipment to prevent spread of Covid-19 came to €896 million, new figures show

13th April, 2021
HSE spent €525m on Irish-made PPE in 2020
The €526.96 million spend on Irish equipment included the purchase of PPE from companies which did not manufacture health equipment as their primary activity, including hardware stores and funeral suppliers

The HSE injected more than €525 million into the Irish economy last year by buying nearly 60 per cent of its personal protective equipment (PPE) from indigenous companies.

Figures released to the Business Post show that the HSE – which was heavily scrutinised over its spending on PPE – paid out a total of €896.62 million in 2020, a figure less than the €923 million officially sanctioned by the government.

The €526.96 million spend on...

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