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St John of God controversy shows need for reform – Cullinane

27 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane said today that serious reform and oversight improvements are needed to tackle the ongoing controversies in our publicly funded, yet privately operated, essential services providers.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The news today that St John of Gods may have to cut services while it paid out millions in bonus payments to management is a symptom of a deeper malaise in our health system.

“I know from my work on the public accounts committee that there are serious issues with HSE oversight of section 38 and 39 organisations such as St. John of Gods.

“Audits are delayed for years with little or no sanction.

“Certain rules are flouted in such a manner as to make them meaningless.

“The law as it applies today exempts the State auditor's office from investigating organisations that receive public funds where those funds are less than half of total funding.

“This needs to change.

“The Comptroller and Auditor General needs to be able to follow the money regardless of percentage where he believes an investigation is warranted.

“I will be bringing forward legislation this summer that will allow that to happen.

“Public services need to be publicly accountable.” 

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