Department of Health spends €1.48m on external researchers

The highest amount the department paid out (as of October) in 2017 was for a contract awarded to the RPS Group for help in drawing up a report on the consultation process on a new National Drugs Strategy

Susan Mitchell

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Bébhinn O’Brien

21st January, 2018
Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Department of Health spent more than €1.48 million on external consultants over the past two years.

In 2016, it spent €682,672, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. During the first nine months of 2017, it spent €796,408 – an increase of €113,736 on the previous year.

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said the increase was “disappointing” at a time “when funding constraints in the health service are limiting citizens’ access to...

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