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€3.3 million in special bonuses paid to HSE managers for 2006 and 2007 – Ó Caoláin

3 November, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

The HSE has told Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, in reply to his Dáil Question, that for the years 2006 and 2007 a total of €3.3 million was approved in special bonuses or 'performance related awards' to senior managers, including Hospital Network Managers.

Commenting on this Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The payout of €3.3 million in special bonuses to senior managers in the HSE for the years 2006 and 2007 is further evidence of the culture of perks and privilege at the top of the HSE. While such payments are not being made in relation to either of the years 2008 and 2009, patients who used our public health services in 2006 and 2007 will recall lying on trolleys and chairs in A&E, waiting in worry at home for delayed operations or being victims of the scandals of cancer misdiagnosis while senior HSE managers were rewarded for their 'performance' in those years.

“If they lived in the North East they would have faced the continuing haemorrhage of acute services from our local hospitals or campaigned against the threatened closure of the last acute services at Monaghan General Hospital, now, at least temporarily, lost to us.

“Any bonus payment to Area Network Managers, but very particularly to those who presided over the demise of critical services from our hospital sites in the North East, can only be interpreted as the payout of reward money for services rendered to the HSE, to the Minister and to her Government colleagues in Fianna Fáil. It certainly had nothing to do with the delivery of patient services and absolutely nothing to do with patient safety, the oft trundled out excuse of those same overlords to justify their actions.

“The award of €70,000 to HSE Chief Brendan Drumm, revealed last month, was another insult but the greatest insult of all has been the 'performance award' to Mary Harney of her retention as Health Minister with the full backing of her disastrous health policies by Fianna Fáil and the Greens.” ENDS

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