Top-up scandal is breach of faith with service-users – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the ongoing scandal of top-ups for highly paid executives in HSE-funded bodies, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said it was a breach of faith with service-users and with contributors to fund-raising efforts. He said that both the use of funds for top-ups and government cuts to services are adversely affecting services.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“In the scandal over top-ups for highly paid executives in bodies funded by the HSE we must not lose sight of the service-users. These are people using hospitals and other services, including seriously ill children, people with disabilities and people who have suffered serious injuries.
“The top-up scandal is a serious breach of faith with these service-users and with contributors to the fund-raising efforts of service providers.
“It is equally scandalous that government funding for services has been cut repeatedly in recent years. However, for the boards of HSE-funded bodies to award top-ups to executives already receiving excessive salaries undermines the efforts of service-users and families in opposing government cutbacks and campaigning for rights and adequate services.
“There must be thorough investigation of this scandal and the government, which has itself sustained a culture of privilege at the highest level of both the public and private sector, must bring that culture to an end.”