Pay spotlight focuses on HSE and Health

The cost of the public sector payroll is focusing attention on the heavily staffed HSE and Department of Health.

31st January, 2009

When the Brennan Commission gave its comprehensive report on better systems for financial management of the health services to the government six years ago this month, it was widely expected that its recommendations would lead to a more streamlined Department of Health.

Optimists believed that the abolition of the 11 health boards, along with the removal of a swathe of responsibility from the Department of Health, would lead to a tighter ship in Hawkins House.

Now,...

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