Independent audit finds non-compliance exposing HSE to ‘material risk’

The health service’s handling of its €21 billion budget last year has caused concern for the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure in recent months

Shane Corr: the whistleblower was concerned at the lack of oversight of how the health agency was spending public money. Picture: RTE Investigates

An independent audit of the HSE’s financial controls has found non-compliance is “exposing the organisation to material risk”, and that a “significant number of weaknesses remain in the HSE’s internal controls”.

In the HSE’s financial statements for 2021, published last week, the health agency has also stated that “numerous external reviews have reiterated the consensus amongst the finance community in the HSE that the current financial systems are not fit for purpose.”

The HSE’s handling ...