Monday September 28, 2020

Lack of accountability is what ails our health service

While department officials and HSE managers have questions to answer, by far the main reason for repeated budget over-runs lies with politically motivated policies.

22nd June, 2014
Civil servants and HSE managers have been given an impossible task: to deliver massive savings and better services to a growing population

John McGuinness's recent call for the resignation of Ambrose McLoughlin, secretary general of the Department of Health, and HSE boss Tony O'Brien on the grounds that they have failed again to operate within budget is out of order.

While department officials and HSE managers have questions to answer, by far the main reason for repeated budget over-runs lies with politically motivated policies.

In a highly significant report on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance recently...

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