Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)

9:40 am

Mr. Stephen Mulvany:

It involved a substantial breach of our various controls, all in a particular directly-run facility of the HSE. That local hospital has made significant changes since this was discovered by its teams. The hospital group in which it sits has also gone out to other hospitals to check whether this is a possible issue in other hospitals. On a national level, our executive management team has discussed this and I have written on behalf of the HSE to all our services with a detailed checklist asking them to carry out a self-assessment on the range of controls relevant for payroll. We have asked them to come back to us by the end of September setting out what their position is with that. At a board level, our audit committee has oversight of this on behalf of the board and has brought in the relevant hospital and hospital group to discuss progress on implementing changes. As the CEO said, the matter will be before the courts shortly and has been with the Garda for some time.


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