Health Tapes

Health Tapes revelations were in the public interest – Donnelly

The Minister for Health was ‘uncomfortable’ with the secretly recorded department tapes released to the Business Post, but agreed that the public had a right know about the matters discussed

Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Health: ‘The systems are not fit for purpose’. Picture: Ferghal Phillips

Stephen Donnelly has said that the Business Post’s Health Tapes investigation, which revealed financial dysfunction and distrust in the health system, was in the public interest.

However, the Minister for Health said that he was “very uncomfortable” with the manner in which the recordings were made secretly by a department official who had concerns about mismanagement of the health budget.

The tapes revealed senior officials discussing “horrors of waste”, “fake targets” and “big lumps of ...