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Non-competitive procurement in HSE ‘alarming’ – Cullinane

7 July, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane said today that the level of non-competitive procurement in the HSE is alarming in its scale with serious cost consequences for the State and for struggling local businesses.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The Comptroller and Auditor General said today at the Public Accounts Committee that 30% of procurement contracts in the HSE are non-competitive. That is a shocking figure.

“The C&AG said that it was an exceptional problem, and if it is exceptional then it is systemic.

“This means that small to medium-size businesses are effectively locked out of a significant number of HSE procurement contracts. This has a knock-on effect in terms of local and regional development, and stifles attempts to bring a fair balance to investment across the state.

“How are these decisions being made? Where is the oversight and investigation?

“While Fianna Fail are patting themselves on the back for blocking reform and supporting Fine Gael, we have serious procedural and administrative breakdowns in our public services that need change with proper checks and balances now.

“It is absolutely alarming, and I will ensure that this matter is pursued further with the detail and dedication it deserves.” 

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