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MacSharry critical of ‘covering ass’ at HSE

MARC MacSHARRY wants the retired head of the Cervical Check programme to appear before the Public Accounts Committee. 

However, he acknowledged at last night’s sitting that the Committee has no powers to summon a member of the public before it.

The Sligo TD was speaking during a day of sometimes intense further questioning of senior HSE executives.

No Protocols

John Connaghan, the new acting Director General, led the HSE delegation yesterday.

The Scotsman’s parents are both natives of County Donegal.

The HSE confirmed to Deputy MacSharry that it had no protocols written in place to deal with staff where court claims are settled without admission of liability.

He also slated the failure of government departments to produce to the Committee copies of contracts with agencies involved in cervical smear test checks.

Redact Prices

MacSharry said he could not accept ‘commercially sensitive information’ if that was the reason.

Earlier, he criticised what he termed as a HSE culture of “covering ass.”

The patient is not at the centre of that approach, MacSharry felt.

Former Labour Minister Alan Kelly also accused the HSE yesterday of “arse covering” to date and he wanted more accountability.

Videos of yesterday’s hearing will be published online by the Public Accounts Committee website later today, Friday.

Link:
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/32/committee-on-public-accounts/


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